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The Invisible Kings
ISBN: 978 1 857549 05 8
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2007
216 x 135 x 5 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
I beg of you believe in the Kings, the blacksmith's tribe, the Boorgoodjides
made up of the tamar, true twisters of sastra, sras or srastrakani...
Who are the invisible kings? Why do two bears follow them round Britain? And what happens when a gypsy's curse comes miraculously to life? David Morley's new book reveals extraordinary worlds where the real and imagined converge in stories and charms, just this side of science and magic.
When David Morley's Romani poems first appeared in the London Review of Books and PN Review, the strangeness of the language and their narrative power convinced readers that here was a genuinely new imaginative world. Partly Romani himself, the poet follows - and remakes - a tradition of weaving stories, from the conflicts in his own culture and that of the Roma. The personal poems that open the collection develop into a traveller's-eye view of England and Europe as stages for war, passion and betrayal. Never before has a writer made such daring and beautiful use of the Romani language as a vehicle for contemporary poetry, nor has a Romani poem achieved the devastating epic scope of 'Kings', the central narrative of the collection.
The Invisible Kings continues a cycle of poems that began with David Morley's Scientific Papers and which will conclude with An Island Blown Inland.
You Were Broken
In Cold Dimensions
Paul Celan: Draft of a Landscape
Of the Genus Diatomaceae
Finn of the Wiles
Sèsi o Lety U Písku
Te Avel Angle Tute
Shookàr Mooklò Chàv
Songs of Songs
The Gypsy Kings
To Feed the Dead Who Would Come Disguised as Birds
A Boy Casting Snow on Winter Barley
A Static Ballroom
An Ice Queen
Nets at Gennesaret
Sky High Ice
Texts to the Inventor ofItalics
A Printer’s Rose
Architects of the Frari,Venice
Croix Pantoum: TenthChristmas for Isaac
Awards won by David Morley Winner, 2015 Poetry Society Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry (The Invisible Gift )
'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.'
'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 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.
'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 âin a brown huffâ, Wisdom snaring âa warren with a snigger of wiresâ. 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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