David Wheatley

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Waiting for the Past

By Les Murray

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Les Murray vies with John Ashbery and Geoffrey Hill for the title of most prominent living poet passed over for a Nobel Prize. Readers who come to Murray hoping for an Antipodean Seamus Heaney will find a more ornery figure, endlessly bountiful but lacking the Irishman’s diplomatic gene. A vein of outspoken anger runs through his 1996 collection Subhuman Redneck Poems, but with Waiting for the Past we find Murray in something more like meditative mode. 

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