Quote of the Day
...discriminating taste and some of the most distinguished poets in Britain.
Subscribe to our mailing list
ISBN: 978 1 857545 67 8
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2002
216 x 135 x 13 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Light is flung out of the State.
It understands us, how our place is set.
Escape through it.
Glass heart, bone-strung feather,
the light shapes a mirage from our sweet share.
Escape through its weather.
from 'Albert Einstein in America, 1933'
David Morley declares, 'The concept of this text is that each piece of writing is a scientific paper of itself, a series of findings. The practice of writing science and poetry is, for me, a single discussion of perception carried out with the same eye and ear, and in the same laboratory of language.' A scientist by training, he has spent a decade getting this book into shape, while at the same time developing strategies for teaching ceative and scientific writing at all levels.
He takes his epigraph from Mandelstam, writing 'On the Naturalists' in 1932: 'Darwin's compositional method is the serial development of signs. Bunches of examples. The selection of hetereogeneous series...' Mandelstam attributes Darwin's search for order to a kind of aesthetic necessity, a poetics grounded in verifiable facts and details, in the connections drawn from vlosely observed and chronicled phenomena. In a poem personal, historical and geological times can co-exist and be given - for the duration of the poem on the page and of its echo in memory - equivalent weight. Sir Philip Sidney saw the poet as free from the trammels of fact; Morley reverses Sidney's elgeant polemic: a poem must be answerable in how and what it observes, and also aware of and true to its own processes.
Praise for David Morley 'Enchantment by David Morley is a linguistic feast...' Jonathan Bate Sunday Telegraph Books Of The Year 2010
Michael Caines, Poetry Review , Issue 92-4, Summer 2005
In the traditional enmity between art and science, art has unfairly stood for any aspect of human behaviour that would seem out of place in the stereotypical physics lab. read more
The Carcanet Blog Let's Gimbal! read more Carcanet New Poetry Showcase: The Audience Writes Back read more John Gallas: A Little Andaluciad read more Carcanet Poetry Showcase: 30th April read more The Manchester Writing Competition 2013 read more Six Sixty-Six: Infinity by Gabriel Josipovici read more
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2013 Carcanet Press Ltd