Author(s): Les Murray
Conscious and Verbal is Les Murray's first collection of new poems since the TS Eliot award winning Subhuman Redneck Poems. The title of this volume is derived from a press release following Murray's sudden illness and three week coma in 1996. A medical announcement from the John Hunter Hospital announced 'Mr Murray is conscious and verbal'. Les Murray won the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1999.