Waiting For The Past: Poems by Les MurrayWaiting For The Past: Poems by Les Murray

Waiting For The Past: Poems

byLes Murray

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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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."

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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Title:Waiting For The Past: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.2 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374536872

ISBN - 13:9780374536879

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Praise for Waiting for the Past"A transcendental collection [that] creates a lived-in world that is both celebrated and lamented . . . it is a wonderful achievement." -Sean O'Brien, The Guardian"Full of [Murray's] characteristic joy at getting things made. Even when writing about tragedy and suffering he can't quite suppress the sheer thrill of hand-crafting the miracle." -Clive James, The Quadrant"The poems in [Murray's] latest collection seldom extend beyond a single page . . . yet they show . . . how brilliantly he can compress infinite riches . . . What keeps us going is the excitement in the language, the unpredictability (has there ever been a poet so unwilling to give us what we expect in the next line?) and the entertaining variety of subject matter." -John Greening, Times Literary SupplementPraise for Les Murray"For new readers the imperative remains: start immediately, and start anywhere; and wonder, not where Les Murray has been-because for the last quarter century at least he has been waiting to be found, like an undiscovered or, rather, 'undiscovered,' continent-but where you have been, yourselves." -Michael Hofmann