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By Les Murray

A superb new assortment by means of a wizard of up to date poetry

Everything widens with distance, during this perspective.
The dog's paws, trotting, rotate his finish of infinity
and dam water feels a shiver few willow drapes share.
Bright leaks via their wigwam re-purple the thin beans
then speedily the sunshine tops treetops and is shortened
into an afternoon. in every single place stands pat beside its shadow
for the good bald radiance by no means visible in dreams.
-from "Aurora Prone"

In July 1996, the Australian press suggested that when 3 weeks in a coma, the country's maximum poet, Les Murray, used to be back "conscious and verbal." almost immediately thereafter, Murray resumed his paintings in phrases, and over the following 4 years he wrote those sixty-five poems, which, of their other ways, actually or sensually, replay that dreamy assertion of the endlessly waking global. Conscious and Verbal is among the mythical poet's richest, fullest, and such a lot resourceful books to this point.

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Maybe they’re rich,” whispered a third woman. Her name was Euphinia, and she’d made fast friends with the fourth woman, Grace. The two of them were the oldest of the bunch. Both must’ve been in their sixties. They held hands tightly, and this made them look like a pair of schoolgirls. “Then maybe we’ll get rich too,” Grace added. The last of us was Sunny. That’s how she introduced herself, and that’s all she wanted to be called. First name or last? I didn’t ask. She was even burlier than Peach Tree, so I didn’t push.

I have heard it. Everything it says is true.

I blew on the paper to dry it. The cursive was small, but neat, legible. The wooden door swung open. I heard its steel handle clang against the stone wall. I paid no more attention to Cheryl because now I could read the two lines of the note: You made a promise in Cedar Rapids in 2002. Time to honor it. Without thinking, purely automatic, I walked back into that filthy toilet stall and flushed the note away. But not the ticket. 2 THREE DAYS I thought about that note. Thought about it, repeated it in my mind, tried to forget it.

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