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Edwin Morgan's 'A Book of Lives'

Amongst other, it includes Love and a Life, a long sequence of fifty poems, the complete Planet Wave, a sequence reaching from the time of the Big Bang (20 Billion BC) right through into the future of 2300 AD, as well as a number of other poems such as the famous 'Open the Doors!' that was commissioned by the Scottish Parliament and read at the opening ceremony on 9 October 2004.

The book is available in all bookshops since 15 February. You can also order it directly from Carcanet Press.

Edwin Morgan. A Book of Lives. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2007. 105 pages, ISBN 987 1 8575 918 8. £ 9.95.

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••• The Herald


A Book of Lives

Edwin Morgan

Is the universe rippling with life? What sign is
       there that space is filled
With anything but gas and fire and rock?
      Are we the tillers to have it tilled?
I think so! And with these red hands, an act of love?
      Why not? We cry but we create, we kill but we build.
    
                            from 'Love and the Worlds'

"No wonder Edwin Morgan is Scotland's best-loved poet. His poems teem with lives and loves and are marked by an unusual love of the present and the future. He finds forms for themes and ideas just out of reach. In his latest collection poems both profound and witty are to be found: occasional verse that transcends its occasion, explorations of the human condition conducted with a virtuosic lightness of touch. A Book of Lives draws together the themes that inform his poetic world. The largest vistas of human history, from twenty billion years BC to 9/11 and the 'war on terror'; Scotland from Bannockburn to the opening of the Scottish parliament; portraits - of Rimbaud, the emperor Hirohito, Raeburn's skating Reverend Walker... Poems for birthdays and elegies celebrate friends; a dramatic dialogue about cancer sets personal experience in a wry evolutionary context. At the heart of the collection, a major sequence, 'Love and a Life', affirms the inextinguishable energies of love and art." -
For more information: Website of Carcanet Press

Title Information:

Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
ISBN-10: 1 857549 18 X
ISBN-13: 978 1 857549 18 8
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Published: February 2007
Dimensions: 216x135mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press

 

 

 

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