Dog Fox Field by Les Murray & Blocks and Tackles by Les Murray

Reviewed by
November 1990, no. 126
Julian Croft reviews 'Dog Fox Field' and 'Blocks and Tackles' by Les Murray

Dog Fox Field

by Les Murray

Angus & Robertson, 103pp, $12.99 pb

Book Cover 2 Small

Blocks and Tackles

by Les Murray

Angus & Robertson, 233pp, $19.99 pb

Dog Fox Field by Les Murray & Blocks and Tackles by Les Murray

Reviewed by
November 1990, no. 126

Both the poetry and prose are different from what has gone before. Les Murray tells us what he thinks the difference is in his cover note:

Rhyme is used far more often than in the past … The poet also sets out to recover, or learn, the arts of brevity. In his fight against prolixity, in fact, he has even dropped his middle initial.

The reasons for rhyme, and the rhyme of his reasons, can be found in the prose work in the pieces ‘Poems and Poesies’ and ‘Poemes and the Mystery of the Embodiment’, the general underpinnings of which are outlined in ‘Embodiment and Incarnation’. He argues that art is a product of a trinity: the forebrain (the seat of waking reason), the limbic reptilian brain (the dream) and the body (the dance of ecstasy). God can reach us through all three, and poetry is a uniquely placed art which exploits all of these areas. Any deep integration of the three is a poem. Hence a theology (Christianity), an ideology (Marxism), or a breath-taking design (Porsche cars) can be a poem. Using the analogy from phoneme, Murray calls this large unit a ‘poeme’. ‘Poem’ he reserves for its traditional meaning, arguing that a poem is the most perfect and integrated art-form there is.

Julian Croft reviews 'Dog Fox Field' and 'Blocks and Tackles' by Les Murray

Dog Fox Field

by Les Murray

Angus & Robertson, 103pp, $12.99 pb

Book Cover 2 Small

Blocks and Tackles

by Les Murray

Angus & Robertson, 233pp, $19.99 pb

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