Poem read as conclusion to the Neustadt lecture. Malouf commented : "It's a tribute to all forms of making, from the grandest to the most humble, as a sign of our human need to come home to the world we live in, to make a home of whatever things, small or large, that we have added to it."
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yWorld Literature Todayvol.74no.4AutumnWilliam Riggan
2000Z9023812000periodical issue Includes a brief, illustrated chronology of Malouf's life and a brief bibliography of his works.2000
'David Malouf's brilliant collection of poems begins with a memory of new love - with 'grace unasked for, urgencies that boom under the pocket of a shirt' - and ends in the intimate territory of the long-familiar where there is no need for words. This volume is marked by an astonishing breadth of intelligence and erudition, yet steps lightly among the objects of our lives and the wonder of everyday replenishments. Everywhere the poems affirm the mystical delights of music, angels and fields where 'first to gather are the starlings in unquiet flocks. Then quietly, the stars'.'