In this week’s session we looked first at Les Murray’s “The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle“. If you click on the title you can read the whole poem right here! We explored the ways in which Les’ poem builds on the ” ‘WONGURI‐’MANDƷIKAI SONG CYCLE OF THE MOON‐BONE“ which we explored in last week’s session. You can read the translator Ronald Berndt’s introduction to the Song Cycle by clicking her on the title itself. Les Murray speaks at length about his poem and its links with the Aboriginal Song Cycle in his article “The Human-Hair Thread” published in Meanjin, 1977. There is a link to this whole article right here: Murray Hair Thread
This is a wonderful article that is still very current in its relevance to the Aboriginal situation today. Les talks about his long engagement with Aboriginal questions and about the many poems he has written directly about Aboriginality. It is certainly worth reading.
Here is Les at the Sydney Writer’s Festival: LES
After our session on Les Murray we turned our attention to William Shakespeare, no less. In particular I was trying to explore the ways in which the bard is deeply committed to a contemplative approach to life and is very much open to the experience of Grace.
The talk, with comments from the floor, can be listened to here and this is followed by a link to the visual slides and video links used in this session and two extra texts used in the session:
Steindl-Rast and R.S. Thomas: Shakespeare
Here is also the first of a few additional contributions to our sessions from participants. Thank you again, Peter:
Peter Solway- Hey Man