A Book of Lives
by Edwin Morgan
Containing poems written by Edwin Morgan during the past six years, this collection looks at human life from a variety of perspectives, encompassing a range of themes, the foremost of which is history. This new work displays the author'scharacteristic willingness to experimentwith a variety of subjects, from the history of cancer to the new Scottish parliament....more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
(first published 2007)
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Every so often, a collection of poems comes along which warrants closing the door, leaving emails unread and the phone unanswered to read it from cover to cover. Book of Lives is one such book. As Scotland’s Makar, it’s pretty much expected that anything written by Edwin Morgan will be impressive, but this collection is far more than that. Tremendous in scope, it rampages through the bloodshed and battlefield of Bannockburn; drifts with delight through “the blue glow of starlight lapislazuliing...more
Like many people I was lucky to be introduced to Edwin Morgan's poetry at school, but have enjoyed reading his work ever since. A Book of lives was published not long before his death, but even in his later years, suffering with his well publicised illness, his humour and insights are as noteworthy as ever. I particularly liked the sequence of poems on the history of the Earth, originally written for a jazz festival and set to music, which rings out from the written word, his poems on 'five pain...more
Edwin George Morgan OBE was a Scottish poet and translator who was associated with the Scottish Renaissance. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century. In 1999, Morgan was made the first Glasgow Poet Laureate. In 2004, he was named as the first Scottish national poet: The Scots Makar.More about Edwin Morgan...