Taller When Prone
Pub date: April 2010
RRP: $24.95
ISBN: 9781863954709
Imprint: Black Inc.
Format: PB
Size: 210 x 135mm
Extent: 96pp

Taller When Prone

Winner, 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Taller When Prone is Les Murray’s first volume of new poems since 2006’s The Biplane Houses. With characteristic grace and dexterity, these poems combine a mastery of form with a matchless ear for the Australian vernacular. Many evoke rural life here and abroad – its rhythms and rituals, the natural world, the landscape and the people who have shaped it. There are traveller’s tales, elegies, meditative fragments and satirical sketches. Above all there is Murray’s astonishing versatility, on display here at its exhilarating best.

"There is no poetry in the English language now so rooted in its sacredness, so broad-leafed in its pleasures and yet so intimate and conversational." —Derek Walcott

 "He is, quite simply, the one by whom the language lives." —Joseph Brodsky

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Praise for Taller When Prone:

Taller When Prone is his first collection since The Biplane Houses of 2006, and one of the finest of all of them.” - Canberra Times

"Murray’s felicity with language is exquisitely displayed in this eclectic and versatile collection... This will be a long-awaited addition to the poetry shelf and a must for Les Murray fans." – Bookseller+Publisher


Winner of the John Bray Poetry Award in the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Shortlisted, 2010 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards

Interviews and Reviews:

Click here to read a profile piece on Les Murray published in the Guardian newspaper.

Click here to hear Les Murray speak about Taller When Prone on ABC Melbourne Conversation Hour.

Click here to listen to Les Murray read from Taller When Prone on ABC Radio National Poetica.

Les Murray

Les Murray lives in Bunyah, near Taree in New South Wales. He has published some thirty books. His work is studied in schools and universities around Australia and has been translated into several foreign languages.