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Conscious and Verbal (2000) [Collection]
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Everything widens with distance, in this perspective.
The dog's paws, trotting, rotate his end of infinity
and dam water feels a shiver few willow drapes share.
Bright leaks through their wigwam re-purple the skinny beans
then rapidly the light tops treetops and is shortened
into a day. Everywhere stands pat beside its shadow
for the great bald radiance never seen in dreams.

-from "Aurora Prone"

In July 1996, the Australian press reported that after three weeks in a coma, the country's greatest poet, Les Murray, was again "conscious and verbal." Shortly thereafter, Murray resumed his work in words, and over the next four years he wrote these sixty-five poems, which, in their different ways, literally or sensually, replay that dreamy announcement of the perpetually waking world.


  • Amanda's Painting
  • One Kneeling, One Looking Down
  • Bottles in the Bombed City
  • The Margin of Difference
  • A Reticence
  • Travels with John Hunter
  • Drought Dust on the Crockery
  • The Harleys
  • Aurora Prone
  • Best Western
  • The Instrument
  • Our Week in Grand Luxe
  • Spital Tower
  • Rodd Island Wedding
  • Music to Me Is Like Days
  • Coolongolook Timber Mill
  • Incunabular
  • A Deployment of Fashion
  • Prime Numbers
  • To Me You'll Always Be Spat
  • The Disorderly
  • Five Postcards
  • The Internationale
  • More than an Obiter Dichter
  • The Water Plough
  • The Great Hall of Chlorine
  • A Dog's Elegy
  • Laszlo
  • Big Shame
  • The Sunraysia Poems
    • Asparagus Bones
    • Oasis City, Mildura, Victoria
    • Closer Links with Sunraysia
    • The Bulb of the Darling Lily
  • The Newly Tragic Dodo
  • The Mowed Hollow
  • Towards 2000
  • You Find You Can Leave It All
  • The Derelict Milky Way
  • Literary Editor
  • The Relative Gold
  • The Ice Indigene
  • The Day I Slept Like a Dolphin
  • The Rotterdam Flight Cage
  • Small Flag above the Slaughter
  • Downhill on Borrowed Skis
  • The Holy Show
  • The Good Plates
  • A Verb Agreement
  • At the Swamping of Categories
  • A Riddle
  • Sound Bites
  • Young General MacArthur in a Coonskin Coat
  • In the Costume of Andalusia
  • Chanson
  • The Long Wet Season
  • Autumn Cello
  • Four Character Porcelain Ode
  • The New Hieroglyphics
  • On the Borders
  • The Annals of Sheer
  • Ernest Hemingway and the Latest Quake
  • At the Falls
  • The Engineer Formerly Known as Strangelove
  • The Images Alone

Original title: Conscious and Verbal: Poems
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Conscious and Verbal (2000)
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Language: English

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ISBN: 0374128820

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