Poems the Size of Photographs

Brief, that position within the year
when a blossoming pear tree
with its candy laundered scent
reinhabits wood roads
that arch and diverge up
into digital snow city.
--"Brief, That position within the Year"

In Poems the scale of Photographs, Les Murray deftly maneuvers via favourite themes--the neighborhood terrain of the Australian humans, politics, and panorama, in addition to the terrain that's tougher to render tangible: background, delusion, and image. as though searching for the fissure wherein to crack open his subject material, Murray has sharpened his shape to an ideogrammatic brevity. every one snapshot-like poem during this quantity develops ahead of the reader's very eyes, because the first and foremost saw item or second in time alterations which means and grows in complexity and resonance line via line.

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