Les Murray   The Rabbiter’s Bounty: Collected Poems.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 322 pages, $25

The Boys Who Stole the Funeral: A Novel Sequence.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 71 pages, $20

reviewed by Robert Richman

Les Murray is a fifty-four-year-old Australian poet whose work is fairly well known in this country. In this he is unusual: Australian poets, unlike Australian wines, are seldom thought worth importing. Murray’s first U.S. volume, The Vernacular Republic (1982), contained a selection from his five previous books.[1] His next U.S. book, The Daylight Moon (1989), contained work from two...


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