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A Book of Lives

Edwin Morgan

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ISBN: 978 1 857549 18 8
Categories: 21st Century, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2007
216 x 135 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
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  • Is the universe rippling with life? What sign is
           there that space is filled
    With anything but gas and fire and rock?
          Are we the tillers to have it tilled?
    I think so! And with these red hands, an act of love?
          Why not? We cry but we create, we kill but we build.
        
                                from 'Love and the Worlds'
    No wonder Edwin Morgan is Scotland's best-loved poet. His poems teem with lives and loves and are marked by an unusual love of the present and the future. He finds forms for themes and ideas just out of reach. In his latest collection poems both profound and witty are to be found: occasional verse that transcends its occasion, explorations of the human condition conducted with a virtuosic lightness of touch. A Book of Lives draws together the themes that inform his poetic world. The largest vistas of human history, from twenty billion years BC to 9/11 and the 'war on terror'; Scotland from Bannockburn to the opening of the Scottish parliament; portraits - of Rimbaud, the emperor Hirohito, Raeburn's skating Reverend Walker... Poems for birthdays and elegies celebrate friends; a dramatic dialogue about cancer sets personal experience in a wry evolutionary context. At the heart of the collection, a major sequence, 'Love and a Life', affirms the inextinguishable energies of love and art.
    Edwin Morgan was Scotland's first national poet - Scotland's version of the Poet Laureate - and one of the best-loved and most significant poets of the twentieth century. Born in Glasgow in on 27th April 1920, he was brought up in a comfortable middle class family with his father working as ... read more
    Awards won by Edwin Morgan Winner, 2000 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
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