Poetry off the Shelf: Les Murray
Thursday, April 25th, 7:00 PM
61 W. Superior
This event is free on a first come, first served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before a program. Programs typically last one hour.
Australian Les Murray grew up on his grandparents’ farm in Bunyah, New South Wales, and returned there with his own family in 1985. The recipient of numerous honors for his poetry, he has published collections including The Ilex Tree (with Geoff Lehmann, 1965) and Dog Fox Field (1990), both winners of the Grace Levin Prize for poetry; Subhuman Redneck Poems (1996), a UK Poetry Society Choice and winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry; Learning Human (2000); Conscious and Verbal (2001), a title inspired by press reports following his battle with a liver ailment and three week coma; and Poems the Size of Photographs (2004). His latest books, both released in 2011, are Taller When Prone: Poems and Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression. Murray’s work explores the subjects of Australia’s history and landscape. He was formerly the editor of Poetry Australia and is currently the editor of Quadrant magazine.
Co-sponsored with the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute as part of the International Poets in Conversation series
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.