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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 a poet and ecologist. He won the Ted Hughes Award for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems, the judges commenting, ‘Ted Hughes wrote about the natural magical and mythical world; The Invisible Gift is a natural successor’. His Carcanet collections include The Magic of What’s There, The ... read more
    Awards won by David Morley Short-listed, 2020 The Forward Prize for Best Collection (FURY) 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
    '...poems which all possess such showmanship and sonic agility [...] Morley's poetics of mimicry and ventriloquism echo the collection's subjects of displaced peoples and species, illustrating the virtuosity of voice, in a mutually reinforcing loop.'

    The Poetry Review

    'Morley's mastery of poetics comes into full effect as he introduces more and more Romany words in his poems [...] Morley connects us simultaneously to the past and the present, to our world and the natural world. An ecologist and naturalist, David Morley's attention to the natural world is particular and more acute than most [...] David Morley's Fury is an exhibition of poetic prowess and skilful storytelling that extends his interests in the legacy of Gypsy people from his previous collections. Readers can expect to be treated to a force of nature in poetics, linguistic dexterity and storytelling.'

    H.M. Hussain, DURA Dundee

     
    'In FURY, Morley's concerns combine as never before into a keening, politicised call to pay attention to the missing, the lost, and the deliberately elided [...] Morley's trademark fusion of Romani and English "Angloromani" forges afresh his lyric gifts'

    Sinead Morrissey, PBS Autumn Bulletin

    'The poems of FURY are acts of radical connection across cultures and language [...] FURY comes with a hard political edge too, in elegies for cultural loss: "All the nameless people named here. / The story ends with who we were."'

    Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

    'In this daring new collection, Morley holds a mirror up to the myriad of irresponsible ways that we as humans influence the natural world and how we treat one another [...] Threaded with Romanes - as Morley's poems often are - this is a celebration of the Roma tongue as well as the people and places gone by [..] To read Fury is to tread a pilgrimage along the oldest putèka. To know these paths is to be compelled to walk them again, to feel the trembling pride for our ethnicity and to sing once more of home.'

    Jo Clement, Travellers Times

          'Exuberant, linguistically experimental poems... his work has affinities with Hughes's attention to both the surfaces and depths of the natural world.'
    Jeff Gundy, Poetry Salzburg Review
     'David Morley can work in more than one mode... no subject is off limits here'
    Harry Cochrane, TLS
    'Morley is a master of the integrity of wholes and parts. A fabulous collection of poems...'
    Dundee University Review of the Arts


     '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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