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Waiting for the Past: Poems

Murray, Les

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ISBN 10: 0374285926 / ISBN 13: 9780374285920
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
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Title: Waiting for the Past: Poems

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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A new collection of poems from Les Murray that renews and transforms the contemporary world through language

In Waiting for the Past, Les Murray employs his molten sense of language to renew and transform our experience of the world. With quicksilver verse, he conjures his rural past, the life of the poor dairy boy in Australia, as he simultaneously feels the steady tug of aging, of time pulling him back to the present. Here, syntax, sense, and sound combine with such acrobatic grace that his poems render the familiar into the unknown, the unknown into the revelatory.

Whether Murray is writing about a boy on a walkabout hiding from grief, a sounding whale “spilling salt rain,” or leaves that “tread on the sky,” the great Australian poet’s sense of wonder, his ear for the everyday, his swiftness of thought, are everywhere in these pages. As Derek Walcott said of Murray’s work, “There is no poetry in the English language now so rooted in its sacredness, so broad-leafed in its pleasures, and yet so intimate and conversational.”

About the Author:

Les Murray is the author of a dozen books of poetry. His collection Subhuman Redneck Poems received the T. S. Eliot Prize, and in 1998 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry, presented by Queen Elizabeth II. He lives in New South Wales, Australia.

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