28.9.11

J. M. Coetzee on Les Murray

Coetzee takes a look at a collection of Murray's poetry and a recent memoir
J. M. Coetzee has reviewed Les Murray's Taller When Prone: Poems and Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression for the New York Review of Books: 'Murray’s wholesale rejection of Modernism may seem to mark him as simply an isolated provincial conservative swimming against the tide of the times. But there was more substance to his response than that. For a poet to repudiate newfangled foreign fashions and stand up instead for a home-grown tradition that celebrated the life of the mounted frontiersman (or his outlaw cousin the bushranger) was, in its Australian context, a clear political statement.' [Read More]

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