Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

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  • ''Some people are born to fatness. Others have to get there.''
    Les Murray (b. 1938), Australian poet. Independent on Sunday (London, April 15, 1990).
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Late Summer Fires

The paddocks shave black
with a foam of smoke that stays,
welling out of red-black wounds.

In the white of a drought
this happens. The hardcourt game.
Logs that fume are mostly cattle,

inverted, stubby. Tree stumps are kilns.

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