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ISBN: 978 1 857546 17 0
Categories: 20th Century, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2002
217 x 137 x 8 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Edwin Morgan was appointed Poet Laureate of Glasgow in 1999, and many of these poems reflect the life of the city both now and in the past. But equally the poetry moves to other places and other worlds. A sequence of poems about a demon allows the mind to expatiate on a wide range of subjects, social, psychological, philosophical. Some of the poems have been set to music, both jazz and classical. In many ways it is a book of voices and observation, a book of accessible storytelling.
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
'[Dreams and Other Nightmares] is a gorgeous lucky-bag of bits and pieces...'
Alan Spence, Sunday Herald Best Books Of 2010 'Morgan's poetry has always been large, vigorous and imaginative. It has been energetic and various.'
lain Crichton Smith 'There seems no subject Morgan cannot alight upon with his effervescent art.'
The Scotsman 'Morgan is just as capable of taking the breath away in cool, stanzaic English, as in roustabout Scots free verse.'
VERSE 'Edwin Morgan is probably the writer most influential (in this) generation of Scottish poets.'
Robert Crawford '(Morgan) is still at the height of his powers as storyteller, polemicist, lyric poet and translator.'
Alan Brownjohn 'Mr Morgan writes in a way which I would characterise as generous and forceful as well as immediately sensible.'
The Scotsman 'Mr Morgan is as versatile as he is inventive ... the qualities that most appeal are a capacity for celebration ... and an unsentimental humaneness, a considering sympathy.'
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