A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 Â Taller When Prone is Les Murrayâ€™s first volume of new poems since The Biplane Houses, published five years ago. These poems combine a mastery of form with a matchless ear for the Australian vernacular. Many evoke rural life here and abroadâ€”its rhythms and rituals, the natural world, the landscape and the people who have shaped it. There are travelerâ€™s tales, elegies, meditative fragments, and satirical sketches. Above all, there is Murrayâ€™s astonishing versatility, on display here at its exhilarating best. Fame We were at dinner in Soho and the couple at the next table rose to go. The woman paused to say to me: I just wanted you to know I have got all your cook books and I swear by them! I managed to answer her: Ma'am they've done you nothing but good! which was perhaps immodest of whoever I am.