Poetry

Les Murray: Two Poems

Parental Job Swap Sitting next to his flagon on the morning stairs, his wife on the bus lovingly escaping eight children.   He hiccups the courage to go to his emptied duties and stay drunk enough to hold on there while assuring dismissal—   he remembers that his wife has finally taken her own job and the bus, continually promoted, dark jacket to silk-cream jacket,   rumbles like his gut in the day. He, falling over his flagon has suffered the good disaster as his wife is promoted yet again   through the roof, above the children who had been…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.