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Enchantment

David Morley

Enchantment by David Morley
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ISBN: 978 1 847770 62 2
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2010
216 x 135 x 8 mm
78 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • They say language shows you, so my stories should show you
    what worlds I’ve wound through, whose voices I’ve breathed in–
    that smoke spooling from their mouths; the fire’s smoke
    swirling above them makes an understood utterance, a ghost
    of what we see, what we pass through and what might be watching
    us watching ourselves waiting.

    from ‘Spinning’

    WITH DRAWINGS BY PETER BLEGVAD

    A blacksmith creates a girl from fire. A hedgehog conquers a kingdom. How do you ride a Camargue horse through time? How do circus people live, when the glitterball has stopped turning? In these poem-stories David Morley reinvents the oral tradition of poetry as a form of magic, marvel and making. Opening with a celebration of friendship, the poems tell the world into being. In myths of origin and the natural world, the terrible chronicles of history and the saving power of folk wisdom, the poet weaves spells of Romany and circus language, invents forms and shapes, drawing his readers into a ‘lit circle’ magical and true.

    Enchantment concludes a cycle of poems that began with David Morley’s celebrated Scientific Papers and The Invisible Kings.

    Cover image: copyright © Peter Blegvad.





    Contents

    Fresh Water
    The Lucy Poem    
    Chorus    
    Proserpina    
    Abandoned Christmas Tree Plantation    

    Hedgehurst    
    Taken Away    
    Romany Sarah
    The Circling Game    
    Camargues    

    The Library Beneath the Harp    
    Nightingales    
    A Lit Circle    
    Spinning     
    Skeleton Bride    

    Notes    

    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 )
    'Enchantment by David Morley is a linguistic feast...'
    Jonathan Bate Sunday Telegraph Books Of The Year 2010
    Praise for David Morley '€˜Like opening a box of fireworks, something theatrical happens when you open its pages ... Ted Hughes wrote about the natural magical and mythical world; The Invisible Gift is a natural successor.'
    Ali Smith, Andrew McMillan & Jackie Kay, Ted Hughes Award judges.
    'David Morley takes us on a voyage to the other half of his heritage. In a serial masterpiece of macaronic verse, he shows us a life intimate with our own...yet more deeply Other than romantic fairytales or even authentic music from Spain and Eastern Europe had suggested it might be. He holds our world up to a language mostly kept secret up to now...the refraction of the familiar is dizzying yet often moving.'
    Les Murray
    '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
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