August 2005

Arts & Letters

Drought essay: Recognising the derision as fear

By Les Murray

Death gets into the suburbs, but sleek

turnover highrise keeps it out of mind

 

and wilderness, wrapped in its own deaths,

scarcely points us at ours,

 

but furred rusty machines, and grey

boards unglazed for heritage or holiday –

 

you can’t truck in enough bricks.

Settled country is the land of the dead,

 

there you are taught love as mourning,

you shop in boarded-up places.

 

It’s great to follow car-dust

out towards the Mistake,

 

way past a working people’s farm,

long widowed, standing in space.

Les Murray

Les Murray is an award-winning Australian poet with more than 30 published collections of work, including Taller When ProneThe Biplane HousesWaiting for the Past and The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray. His work has been translated into ten foreign languages.

Cover: August 2005

August 2005

From the front page

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

Locking back down

Victoria’s woes are a warning for the whole country

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Weal of fortune

Rebuilding the economy means government investment, but not all public spending is equal

Image of Labor’s Kristy McBain and Anthony Albanese

A win’s a win

The Eden-Monaro result shows that Morrison’s popularity has not substantially changed voting patterns – and Labor has still not cut through

The man inside and the inside man

Crime, punishment and indemnities in western Sydney’s gang wars


In This Issue

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Comment

The true daughter

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Sarah has an interview

A dandy comes a cropper

It’s a very Australian thing to glorfy the rich, famous and dead. And yet Rene Rivkin was never really one of us, was he?

More in The Monthly Essays

Image of Donald Trump mask

American carnage

Donald Trump and the collapse of the Union

The man inside and the inside man

Crime, punishment and indemnities in western Sydney’s gang wars

Child's illustration

The screens that ate school

What do we really know about the growing presence of Google, Apple, Microsoft and more in the education system?

Photograph of George Dickson

The Aquarian ‘terrorist’

George Dickson’s minor act of rebellion, and the state’s major overreach


Read on

Image of Labor’s Kristy McBain and Anthony Albanese

A win’s a win

The Eden-Monaro result shows that Morrison’s popularity has not substantially changed voting patterns – and Labor has still not cut through

Image of Patrick Allington's ‘Rise & Shine’

Shelf pity: ‘Rise & Shine’

Patrick Allington’s fable of a world in which perpetual war is staged to fuel compassion is too straightforward for its ambitions

Image of then treasurer Scott Morrison handing Barnaby Joyce a lump of coal during Question Time, February 9, 2017.

Coal cursed

The fossil-fuel lobby could not have created the climate wars so easily without the preceding culture wars

Image of library shelves

Learning difficulties

The Coalition’s political agenda is a gross infringement on academic freedom


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