'Killing the Black Dog is Les Murray's courageous account of his struggle with depression, accompanied by poems specially selected by the author. Since the first edition appeared in 1997, hosts of readers have drawn insight from his account of the disease, its social effects and its origins in his family's history.
'As Murray writes in this revised and updated edition, the title was premature. He had mistaken a remission for a cure, and thought himself freed from the severe depressive illness which had twice invaded his life. Now, in a new afterword, he describes a relapse, but also shares some of the fruits of his further contemplation. He shows gratitude for help previously unacknowledged, and describes how patches of daylight now balance out those of darkness in his life. A further half dozen poems have been added, reflecting a more complex understanding of depression and its role in the lives of its sufferers.' (From Black Inc.'s website, abstract for the revised edition.)
yA Return to Poetry 2000Michael Duffy
Potts Point:Duffy and Snellgrove,2000Z6682602000anthology 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
yNew Selected PoemsLes Murray,
Potts Point:Duffy and Snellgrove,1998Z9180051998selected work poetry New York (City):Farrar Straus and Giroux,2000
yLes MurrayJason Clapham,
2001-Z9102722001-website Les Murray's official website. Contains biographical and bibliographical information, extracts from critical studies new poetry and links to other online resouces with reviews and interviews.2001-