Poetry and Religion single work   poetry   "Religions are poems. They concert"
  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1986 1986
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  • Appears in:
    y The Age Monthly Review December-January (1986-1987) 1986 Z625706 1986 periodical issue 1986 pg. 4-5
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    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. 51
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    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Mark O'Connor (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 Z322247 1988 anthology poetry criticism Contains poems grouped into 18 thematic sections (19 in 2nd. ed.) ; each section has an introduction, notes and suggestions for study activities and further study. Biographical notes on authors and indexes also included. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 pg. 229
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    y Quadrant vol. 35 no. 6 June 1991 Z592383 1991 periodical issue 1991 pg. 28
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    y Collected Poems Les Murray , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 Z422024 1994 selected work poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 pg. 267
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    y The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse Peter Porter (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 Z397894 1996 anthology poetry extract South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 135-136
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    y New Selected Poems Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 Z918005 1998 selected work poetry Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 pg. 95
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    y A Return to Poetry 2000 Michael Duffy (editor), Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2000 Z668260 2000 anthology poetry Ten Australian poetry-lovers, Peter Coleman, Rosemary Dobson, Peter Goldsworthy, Jamie Grant, Marion Halligan, Ashely Hay, David Malouf, Richard Tognetti, Robyn Williams and Salvatore Zofrea, present their favourite poems. Each selector was asked to choose ten of their favourite poems, with the condition that half the poems be written by Australians. Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2000 pg. 151
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    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. 98
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    y Learning Human : Selected Poems of Les Murray Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2003 Z1147830 2003 selected work poetry Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2003 pg. 77
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 907
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    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. 41
Alternative title: Dichtung und Religion
First line of verse: "Religionen sind Gedichte. Sie bringen"
Language: German
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    y Ein ganz gewohnlicher Regenbogen : Gedichte Les Murray , Munich Vienna : Carl Hanser , 1996 Z912080 1996 selected work poetry Munich Vienna : Carl Hanser , 1996 pg. 82
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    y Learning Human : New Selected Poems Les Murray , Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 Z1153302 2001 selected work poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 pg. 78
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    y 'To One Who Asked for Summer' : Les Murray Les Murray , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2009 Z1567069 2009 selected work poetry

    'In this feature, producers Jane and Phillip Ulman visit the Bunyah home of Les Murray, his wife Valerie and son Alexander. Surrounded by winged musicians, frogs, insects and domestic animals, the participants walk and talk and share a meal.

    'During the visit Les Murray reads his poems and reflects on poetry and place, knowledge, discovery, family and God.'

    Source: A Pod of Poets website, http://www.abc.net.au/rn/poetica/features/pod/poets/murray.htm
    Sighted: 11/03/2009

    Australia : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2009

Works about this Work

The Impossible Infinite : Les Murray, Poetry, and the Sacred Lyn McCredden , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 166-171)
Examines the poetry of Les Murray and finds an 'awareness, a coming to realize that it is impossible to speak of God, even as God is represented, imaged, mimicked, and called on...the very closest the poetry comes to the sacred'. (p.171)
'Religions are Poems' : Spirituality in Les Murray's Poetry Nicholas Birns , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'And the Birds Began to Sing' : Religion and Literature in Post-Colonial Cultures 1996; (p. 59-67)
Les Murray : Relegation and Convergence Paul Kane , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 437-446)
Les A. Murray's `Haughty Pastoral' Jim Tulip , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 120 1989; (p. 12-25)
Poems and Poesies Les Murray , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , December-January (1986-1987) 1986; (p. 3-6) PN Review , [59] vol. 14 no. 3 1988; (p. 25-31) Blocks and Tackles : articles and essays 1982 to 1990 1990; (p. 163-179) The Paperbark Tree : selected prose 1992; (p. 341-355) A Working Forest : Selected Prose 1997; (p. 372-385)
The Impossible Infinite : Les Murray, Poetry, and the Sacred Lyn McCredden , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 166-171)
Examines the poetry of Les Murray and finds an 'awareness, a coming to realize that it is impossible to speak of God, even as God is represented, imaged, mimicked, and called on...the very closest the poetry comes to the sacred'. (p.171)
Les Murray : Relegation and Convergence Paul Kane , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 437-446)
Les A. Murray's `Haughty Pastoral' Jim Tulip , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 120 1989; (p. 12-25)
Poems and Poesies Les Murray , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , December-January (1986-1987) 1986; (p. 3-6) PN Review , [59] vol. 14 no. 3 1988; (p. 25-31) Blocks and Tackles : articles and essays 1982 to 1990 1990; (p. 163-179) The Paperbark Tree : selected prose 1992; (p. 341-355) A Working Forest : Selected Prose 1997; (p. 372-385)
'Religions are Poems' : Spirituality in Les Murray's Poetry Nicholas Birns , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'And the Birds Began to Sing' : Religion and Literature in Post-Colonial Cultures 1996; (p. 59-67)
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