Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

Poems of Les Murray

21. The Butter Factory 1/13/2003
22. The Dream Of Wearing Shorts Forever 1/13/2003
23. The Harleys 1/13/2003
24. The Images Alone 1/13/2003
25. The Instrument 10/10/2011
26. The Meaning Of Existence 1/13/2003
27. The Mowed Hollow 1/13/2003
28. The New Hieroglyphics 1/13/2003
29. The Quality Of Sprawl 1/13/2003
30. The Sleepout 1/13/2003
31. Towards The Imminent Days (Section 4) 1/13/2003
32. Travels With John Hunter 1/13/2003

The Butter Factory

It was built of things that must not mix:
paint, cream, and water, fire and dusty oil.
You heard the water dreaming in its large
kneed pipes, up from the weir. And the cordwood
our fathers cut for the furnace stood in walls
like the sleeper-stacks of a continental railway.

The cream arrived in lorried tides; its procession
crossed a platform of workers' stagecraft: Come here

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