Laid-back in orbit, they found their minds.
They found their minds were very clean and clear.
Clear crystals in swarms outside were their fireflies and larks.
Larks they were in lift-off, swallows in soaring.
Soaring metal is flight and nest together.
Together they must hatch.
Hatches let the welders out.
Out went the whitesuit riggers with frames as light as air.
Air was millions under lock and key.
Key-ins had computers wild on Saturday nights.
Nights, days, months, years they lived in space.
Space shone black in their eyes.
Eyes, hands, food-tubes, screens, lenses, keys were one.
One night - or day - or month - or year - they all -
all gathered at the panel and agreed -
agreed to cut communication with -
with the earth base - and it must be said they were -
were cool and clear as they dismantled the station and -
and gave their capsule such power that -
that they launched themselves outwards -
outwards in an impeccable trajectory, that band -
that band of tranquil defiers, not to plant any -
any home with roots but to keep a -
a voyaging generation voyaging, and as far -
as far as there would ever be a home in space -
space that needs time and time that needs life.


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A Home in Space was quoted from:

New Selected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2000, p. 106.

The poem was originally published in the collection Star Gate: Science Fiction Poems, Glasgow: Third Eye Centre, 1979, which is out of print by now.

However, it was reprinted in:

Poems of Thirty Years, Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1982, p. 390.

Selected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1985, p. 91.

Collected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1990, pp. 387f.

New Selected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2000, p. 106.

Both, Collected Poems and New Selected Poems, are still available directly at Carcanet Press Ltd., and any bookshop or online bookshop.

The copyright of the poem recited remains with Edwin Morgan and Carcanet Press Ltd.; it may not be copied or distributed without the express permission of both, the author and the publisher.





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