The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever single work   poetry   "To go home and wear shorts forever"
  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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Notes

  • This poem featured in one of the Australian Tourist Commission's promotional advertisements in 2004. Murray read the poem from his Bunyah home for the purposes of the advertisement.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Adelaide Review no. 8 November 1984 Z890845 1984 periodical issue 1984 pg. 11
    Note: Author note: Chatswood, 1984
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems Les Murray , Manchester : Carcanet , 1986 Z796575 1986 selected work poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 1986 pg. 128-130
  • Appears in:
    y The Daylight Moon : Poems Les Murray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1987 Z384668 1987 selected work poetry North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1987 pg. 13-15
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems Les Murray , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 Z422024 1994 selected work poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 pg. 234-236
  • Appears in:
    y New Selected Poems Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 Z918005 1998 selected work poetry Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 pg. 78-80
  • Appears in:
    y The Quality of Sprawl : thoughts about Australia Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1999 Z570816 1999 selected work prose autobiography criticism essay This selection consists of essays and reviews from A Working Forest, together with some previously uncollected work, providing an insight into Murray's thoughts about Australia's history and Australian attitudes to clothes, religion, the republican issue, Australian customs and the bush. Longer essays listed here are interspersed with short pieces which Murray wrote for his column 'Our Man in Bunyah' which ran in the Independent Monthly between 1993-1996, and which appear together in A Working Forest. Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1999 pg. 237-239
  • Appears in:
    y New Selected Poems Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 Z918005 1998 selected work poetry New York (City) : Farrar Straus and Giroux , 2000 pg. 80-82
  • Appears in:
    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 156-158
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 639-641
  • Appears in:
    y The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray Les Murray , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 Z1897512 2012 selected work poetry 'From his life’s work so far, spanning more than four decades, Les Murray has selected these 100 poems, his personal best. Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever', this elegant hardback is guaranteed to delight Murray fans and introduce new readers to his work. This is a wonderful gift, and a treasure trove of the best poems ever written in Australia.' (From the publisher's website.) Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 pg. 38-40
Alternative title: Der Traum, fur immer Shorts zu tragen
First line of verse: "Nach Hause zu gehen und für immer Shorts zu tragen"
Language: German

Works about this Work

At Home With...Les Murray Michael Duffy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 April 2012; (p. 95)
Shorts the Main Feature 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 May 2004; (p. 26)
Les Murray featured in one of the Australian Tourist Commission's 2004 advertisements. He read his poem 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever' during the advertisement.
Murray's Musings Too Ocker 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 May 2004; (p. 13)
The Knockabout Intellectual Gia Metherell , 1996 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 July 1996; (p. C8)
Les A. Murray's `Haughty Pastoral' Jim Tulip , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 120 1989; (p. 12-25)
Striking a Blow for Knobbly Knees Elizabeth Swanson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 18-19 February 1989; (p. 9)
Shorts the Main Feature 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 May 2004; (p. 26)
Les Murray featured in one of the Australian Tourist Commission's 2004 advertisements. He read his poem 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever' during the advertisement.
Murray's Musings Too Ocker 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 May 2004; (p. 13)
At Home With...Les Murray Michael Duffy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 April 2012; (p. 95)
The Knockabout Intellectual Gia Metherell , 1996 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 July 1996; (p. C8)
Les A. Murray's `Haughty Pastoral' Jim Tulip , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 120 1989; (p. 12-25)
Striking a Blow for Knobbly Knees Elizabeth Swanson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 18-19 February 1989; (p. 9)
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