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ISBN: 978 0 856358 96 8
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 1990
224 x 142 x 31 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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At seventy I thought I had come through,
like parting a bead curtain at Port Said,
to something that was shadowy before,
figures and voices of late times that might
be surprising yet. The beads clash faintly
behind me as I go forward. No candle-light
please, keep that for Europe. Switch the whole thing
right on. When I go in I want it bright,
I want to catch whatever is there
in full sight.
from 'Epilogue: Seven Decades'
To catch 'in full sight' is Edwin Morgan's ambition. That fullness he
achieves in lyric epiphanies, in the cumulative focuses and refocuses of
sequences, in the witty reification of words in concrete poems, in the
weird rhythms of sound poems. He hears and transcribes voices; his
transforming imagination is democratic, generous and inclusive. Experiment
is joyful and enabling: even the sonnet form remains an experiment for the
poet questing for vision and unwilling to rest on rules. 'More than the
work of most poets,' writes Iain Crichton Smith, Morgan's poetry 'welcomes
the twentieth century, with its gadgets, its paradoxes, graffiti, new
languages, torn advertisements, unconscious jokes, voyages'
This volume includes Poems of Thirty Years (1982) and Themes on a
Variation (1988), together with some fifty uncollected poems from 1939 to
Awards won by Edwin Morgan Winner, 2000 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
Praise for Edwin Morgan 'Edwin Morgan's translation of twent-five poems into Scots, now reissued after almost half a century, finesses one difficulty by substituting another. Wi Haill Voice gives Mayakovsky a shout from the streets without making him a Dickensian exercised in dialect - Scots provides the necessary sense of estrangement.'
William Logan, The New Criterion
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