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Learning Human (1998) [Collection]
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Poetry, Les Murray proposes, is the most human of activities, charged with "the whole simultaneous gamut of reasoning, envisioning, feeling, and vibrating we go through when we are really taken up with some matter, and out of which we may act on it. We are not just thinking about whatever it may be, but savouring it and experiencing it and wrestling with it in the ghostly sympathy of our muscles. We are alive at full stretch towards it."

Learning Human is a great-souled selection of the 137 poems that Murray considers his best since 1965, presented in roughly chronological order and including a dozen of his newest. The poems gathered here are an ideal introduction to an inimitable poet who is altogether alive and at full stretch toward experience; they suggest the variety, the intensity, and the generosity of his work so far.


  • The Burning Truck
  • Driving Through Sawmill Towns
  • An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow
  • Vindaloo in Merthyr Tydfil
  • Incorrigible Grace
  • Boöpis
  • The Pure Food Act
  • József
  • Kiss of the Whip
  • The Broad Bean Sermon
  • The Mitchells
  • The Powerline Incarnation
  • Creeper Habit
  • Employment for the Castes in Abeyance
  • The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle
  • The Gum Forest
  • Rainwater Tank
  • The Future
  • Immigrant Voyage
  • Homage to the Launching-place
  • First Essay on Interest
  • The Fishermen at South Head
  • View of Sydney, Australia, from Gladesville Road Bridge
  • Quintets for Robert Morley
  • Equanimity
  • Shower
  • The Quality of Sprawl
  • Weights
  • Midsummer Ice
  • Machine Portraits with Pendant Spaceman
  • Little Boy Impelling a Scooter
  • The Hypogeum
  • Second Essay on Interest: The Emu
  • A Retrospect of Humidity
  • Flowering Eucalypt in Autumn
  • The Chimes of Neverwhere
  • The Smell of Coal Smoke
  • Time Travel
  • Late Snow in Edinburgh
  • Flood Plains on the Coast Facing Asia
  • The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever
  • The Sleepout
  • Louvres
  • The Drugs of War
  • Letters to the Winner
  • The Milk Lorry
  • The Butter Factory
  • Bats' Ultrasound
  • The Lake Surnames
  • Nocturne
  • Lotus Dam
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Poetry and Religion
  • May—When Bounty Is Down to Persimmons and Lemons
  • June—The Kitchens
  • July—Midwinter Haircut
  • November—The Misery Cord
  • December—Infant Among Cattle
  • February—Feb
  • The Transposition of Clermont
  • The Emerald Dove
  • Cave Divers Near Mount Gambier
  • The Tin Wash Dish
  • The Cows on Killing Day
  • The Pole Barns
  • The 1812 Overture at Topkapi Saray
  • Glaze
  • Shale Country
  • The International Terminal
  • Mirror-glass Skyscrapers
  • Dog Fox Field
  • Words of the Glassblowers
  • High Sugar
  • On Removing Spiderweb
  • The Assimilation of Background
  • Accordion Music
  • Slip
  • Ariel
  • Politics and Art
  • The Ballad of the Barbed-Wire Ocean
  • Midnight Lake
  • Antarctica
  • Blue Roan
  • An Era
  • Wagtail
  • Lyre Bird
  • Shoal
  • Cattle Ancestor
  • Mollusc
  • Echidna
  • Shellback Tick
  • Cell DNA
  • Goose to Donkey
  • Spermaceti
  • Migratory
  • The Fellow Human
  • The Wedding at Berrico
  • The Say-but-the-Word Centurion Attempts a Summary
  • Dead Trees in the Dam
  • The Rollover
  • Corniche
  • Suspended Vessels
  • The Water Column
  • The Beneficiaries
  • Like Wheeling Stacked Water
  • Wallis Lake Estuary
  • Memories of the Height-to-Weight Ratio
  • On Home Beaches
  • Water-Gardening in an Old Farm Dam
  • It Allows a Portrait in Line-Scan at Fifteen
  • Performance
  • Australian Love Poem
  • Inside Ayers Rock
  • Contested Landscape at Forsayth
  • The Shield-Scales of Heraldry
  • The Year of the Kiln Portraits
  • Tympan Alley
  • A Lego of Driving to Sydney
  • Burning Want
  • The Last Hellos
  • Comete
  • Cotton Flannelette
  • The Trances
  • The Warm Rain
  • Demo
  • The Genetic Galaxy
  • Blowfly Grass
  • The Head-Spider
  • Dreambabwe
  • One Kneeling, One Looking Down
  • Bottles in the Bombed City
  • The Margin of Difference
  • The Harleys
  • Aurora Prone
  • The Instrument
  • Rodd Island Wedding
  • Coolongolook Timber Mill
  • Incunabular
  • To Me You'll Always Be Spat
  • The Disorderly
  • Five Postcards

Original title: Learning Human
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Learning Human (1998)
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