A new collection of poems from Les Murray that renews and transforms the contemporary world through languageIn 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 unkwn, the unkwn 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 poetry in the English language w 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.