Robert Gray was born in 1945 and grew up in a small port town in the state of New South Wales on the eastern coast of Australia. Since 1970 he has published eight books of poetry, six selected editions of his work, and, in 2010, a prize-winning prose memoir, The Land I Came Through Last. He has received many grants from the Australia Council (the national arts supporting body), and numerous prizes, including the Emeritus Award of the Australia Council, the Patrick White Award, and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.
Robert Gray has been hailed as “one of the contemporary masters of poetry in English” (Les Murray). This selection of Gray’s finest poems demonstrates his extraordinary capacity to see the world in luminous detail, rendering it with radiant intensity. Both philosophical and sensuous, this is work of remarkable originality.
"Daylight Saving relishes, as its title implies, all daily things even as it dares to let them go. This synesthetic writer translates the rain and the sea and the fern in the jug into a poetry that calls up the slant-rhymed hymn of Dickinson or the single brushstroke image of Basho.... Yet with an original music, Robert Gray gives us a very particular Australia and his own private, deeply-felt universe."
—Mary Jo Salter