Love and a Life
is a sequence of fifty poems Edwin Morgan wrote from September
to November 2002; it was published by Mariscat Press, Glasgow,
in 2003. 'Love', one of the poems from this sequence, has
recently been included in the list of The Best Twenty Scottish
Poems 2003-2004. (See website of the Scottish Poetry Library
Listen to Edwin Morgan reading 'Desire' from Love and
a Life :
It is a power, it is a mystery, it is a fate,
above all it is a power.
The jaws of Venus will not let go
They sink deeper, and the victim even smiles
see the spreading flower
Of blood, as it springs from those
of life. Don't cower,
It's only a nightmare, it's only
movie, it's only imaginary Phaedra shrieking
only' you cry?
do you want to deny?
Are you trying to tell us all these
are not from something struggling to
born? You think it's like the passing
of some damned April shower?