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The Invisible Gift

Selected Poems

David Morley

The Invisible Gift
RRP: GBP£ 14.99
Available This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
eBook (PDF)
ISBN: 978 1 784100 06 3
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: March 2015
160 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
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  • Over the past twenty-five years, the award-winning writer David Morley has become known as one of Britain’s most original poets. Known for his energy and linguistic inventiveness, Morley is a master storyteller, whose poems uncover ‘universes bound together by language’ (Guardian). From Romani tales to sharply observed lyrics about nature, from political allegory to vividly imagined histories, his poetry evokes the enchantment and truth of the natural world and our place in it. In the words of Les Murray, ‘He holds our world up to a language mostly kept secret; the refraction of the familiar is dizzying and often moving’.
    David Morley is an ecologist and naturalist by background. His poetry has won fourteen writing awards and prizes, including the Templar Poetry Prize, the Poetry Business Competition, an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award, an Eric Gregory Award, the Raymond Williams Prize and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His previous collection The Invisible ... read more
    Awards won by David Morley Winner, 2015 Poetry Society Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry (The Invisible Gift )
    Praise for David Morley 'T'he strange atmospherics suffuse every page while the balance struck between mystery and disclosure can be breathtaking...Such moments led me to feel that Morley had not so much created a new universe as uncovered one. Any universe is bound together by language; and Morley brings Romany vocabulary fizzing and crackling into our consciousness'
    Tim Liardet, Guardian
    'A rare and beautiful book.'
    The Guardian on The Invisible Kings (2007)
    'Here are two outsiders working at poetry from the underside of nature, Clare now ‘in a brown huff’, Wisdom snaring ‘a warren with a snigger of wires’. Using a mixture of sonnets, Romani language, concrete poetry, and the dynamics of birdsong, Morley conjures a marvellous sense of nature as intimacy, something precise yet loaded and of immense importance to us.'
    George Szirtes
    'Enchantment by David Morley is a linguistic feast...'
    Jonathan Bate Sunday Telegraph Books Of The Year 2010
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