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ISBN: 978 1 857545 67 8
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2002
216 x 137 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.
Awards won by David Morley Winner, 2015 Poetry Society Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry (The Invisible Gift )
Praise for David Morley '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.'
'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 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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