Les Murray lives in New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Taller When Prone, which appeared alongside an updated edition of his 1996 memoir, Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression. He has been honored by the Australian government with the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to literature, and in 1999 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry for the British Commonwealth. His collected poems will be published in the summer of 2014.

Two Poems by Les A. Murray

MERCURIAL SEPTEMBER Preindustrial haze. The white sky rim forecasts a hot summer. Burning days indeed are rehearsed, with flies and dinnertime fan but die out, over west mountains erased with azure, into spring-cool nights and the first flying insects which are the small weeds …