Equanimity single work   poetry   "Nests of golden porridge shattered in the silky-oak trees,"
  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1981 1981
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    y Aspect : Art and Literature no. 22 October 1981 Z1865100 1981 periodical issue 1981 pg. 18-19
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    y The Vernacular Republic : Poems 1961-1981 Les Murray , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 Z300706 1982 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 pg. 208-210
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    y Equanimities Les Murray , Copenhagen : Razorback Press , 1982 Z398519 1982 selected work poetry Copenhagen : Razorback Press , 1982 pg. 10-11
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    y The People's Otherworld : Poems Les Murray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1983 Z300218 1983 selected work poetry North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1983 pg. 24-25
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    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 pg. 289-290
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    y Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry Les Murray (editor), Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1986 Z212505 1986 anthology poetry Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1986 pg. 235-237
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    y Selected Poems Les Murray , Manchester : Carcanet , 1986 Z796575 1986 selected work poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 1986 pg. 84-86
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    y The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry John Tranter (editor), Philip Mead (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 Z151302 1991 anthology poetry Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 pg. 221-223
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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. 179-181
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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. 50-51
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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. 52-53
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    y Learning Human : New Selected Poems Les Murray , Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 Z1153302 2001 selected work poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 pg. 40-41
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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. 39-41
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    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. 636-637

Works about this Work

'Equanimity' : Les Murray, Levinas and the Breath of God Ian Cooper , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Theology , June vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 192-206)

This article provides a close reading of Les Murray's poem 'Equanimity'in the context of Emmanuel Le´vinas' ethical thought. It argues that Murray's poem can be located in relation to Paul Celan's concept of the 'turn of breath', a hermeneutics of voice and address that points to Le´vinas' understanding of the face of the other. 'Equanimity' both works out a conception of encounter with the other that has strong parallels in Le´vinas particularly concerning the themes of speaking and seeing), and seeks to move beyond an ethics based in difference by incorporating speech and vision into a theology of grace. (Author's abstract)

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)
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)
'Equanimity' : Les Murray, Levinas and the Breath of God Ian Cooper , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Theology , June vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 192-206)

This article provides a close reading of Les Murray's poem 'Equanimity'in the context of Emmanuel Le´vinas' ethical thought. It argues that Murray's poem can be located in relation to Paul Celan's concept of the 'turn of breath', a hermeneutics of voice and address that points to Le´vinas' understanding of the face of the other. 'Equanimity' both works out a conception of encounter with the other that has strong parallels in Le´vinas particularly concerning the themes of speaking and seeing), and seeks to move beyond an ethics based in difference by incorporating speech and vision into a theology of grace. (Author's abstract)

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