Around the traps: To the memory of ulcers scraped with a tin spoon


  1. Meghan O’Rourke begins her review by saying that the ‘signature quality of a Les Murray poem is anger’ – hmmm….I think that might be a simplification she creates in order to make her case that Murray’s depression arises from anger. Murray only says that anger contributed to his depression, not that it arose from it. But more importantly, as you read through Murray’s poems, you can find a number of examples where anger is not at all the signature quality. And you don’t have to look amongst his lesser known poems either.


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