Continuous Creation: Last Poems

Continuous Creation: Last Poems

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The final collection of poems by the great Australian poet Les Murray, Continuous Creation

We bring nothing into this world
except our gradual ability
to create it, out of all that vanishes
and all that will outlast us.

In Continuous Creation, the final collection from Les Murray, the preeminent poet of modern Australia recalls moments from his youth and wryly observes the changing world, moving back and forth through time and history with characteristic curiosity and an ever-fresh commitment to capturing the rhythms of life in verse. This collection displays Murray's miraculous ability to reinvent language in order to plant his and our reality on the page, whether he writes about the Australian landscape ("Kangaroo sleeping / ahead on the road turns out / to be twigs and leaves") or unsold books sitting in department stores.

Continuous Creation demonstrates, once more, that Murray was one of the great poets of the English language. As Joseph Brodsky said, he was, "quite simply, the one by whom the language lives."