Evening Alone at Bunyah single work   poetry   "Home again from the cities of the world"
  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1966 1966
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Notes

  • In Twelve Poets the date 1965 is printed after the poem, suggesting that this is the date it was written.
  • After its first appearance in Poetry Australia, a new section was added to the poem. After its publication in The Weatherboard Cathedral, the poem was substantially revised. It was not included in the 1976 Selected Poems. .

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Comprises six numbered parts.
  • Appears in:
    y Poetry Australia no. 8 February Les Murray (editor), 1966 Z649330 1966 periodical issue 1966 pg. 14-17
  • Appears in:
    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
Notes:
Comprises seven numbered parts. One additional part, the second last, has been added that was not included in the 1996 publication in Poetry Australia, no.8.

Works about this Work

From Replication to Mutation: Barthes and the Imagery of Two Australian Poets Stuart Cooke , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Spring vol. 14 no. 4 2007; (p. 38-41)
Les Murray's Journey Poems Margaret Bradstock , 2006-2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer vol. 14 no. 1 2006-2007; (p. 16-18)
'This Country is My Mind' : Les Murray's Poetics of Place Martin Leer , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 15-42) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 44)
Examines the "notion of place in Murray's work, the complex nature of Bunyah as a 'centre of the world', and how a poetics of place is established and develops from the earliest collections" (p.16).
Folie, Topography and Family in Murray's Middle-Distance Poems Christopher Pollnitz , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 43-63)
The article demonstrates that Murray's poems "of more than one or two pages but less than fifty or a hundred" have "modes and preoccupations in common: they are topographical poems in which the protagonist moves through a landscape observing and reflecting; or they are family memoirs and chronicles; or ... they are a combination of both" (p.43). The author also examines Murray's sympathy for the "Foucaultian crew of social outsiders ... marginalised by folie" (p. 49), which he sees as an energising force in the most successful of these poems.
Family and the Father in the Poetry of Les A. Murray Lawrence Bourke , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 282-295)
Afterword Les Murray , 1971 single work
— Appears in: Twelve Poets, 1950-1970 1971; (p. 218-220)
Afterword Les Murray , 1971 single work
— Appears in: Twelve Poets, 1950-1970 1971; (p. 218-220)
Les Murray's Journey Poems Margaret Bradstock , 2006-2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer vol. 14 no. 1 2006-2007; (p. 16-18)
From Replication to Mutation: Barthes and the Imagery of Two Australian Poets Stuart Cooke , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Spring vol. 14 no. 4 2007; (p. 38-41)
Family and the Father in the Poetry of Les A. Murray Lawrence Bourke , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 282-295)
'This Country is My Mind' : Les Murray's Poetics of Place Martin Leer , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 15-42) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 44)
Examines the "notion of place in Murray's work, the complex nature of Bunyah as a 'centre of the world', and how a poetics of place is established and develops from the earliest collections" (p.16).
Folie, Topography and Family in Murray's Middle-Distance Poems Christopher Pollnitz , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 43-63)
The article demonstrates that Murray's poems "of more than one or two pages but less than fifty or a hundred" have "modes and preoccupations in common: they are topographical poems in which the protagonist moves through a landscape observing and reflecting; or they are family memoirs and chronicles; or ... they are a combination of both" (p.43). The author also examines Murray's sympathy for the "Foucaultian crew of social outsiders ... marginalised by folie" (p. 49), which he sees as an energising force in the most successful of these poems.
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