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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 105 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 22/02/2007
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781857549188
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Review by MikeFarquhar
And I also read through Edwin Morgan's new collection of poetry A Book of Lives today as well, though I expect I will be returning to dip in and out of it again for the next wee while (it's cos I knew the new volume was coming out that I've been rereading some of the older ones recently). I've read about half of the poems collected in here before, but there is the usual mix from Morgan, who easily proves again why he is one of my favourite poets.