New Selected Poems

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Carcanet, Jan 1, 2000 - Poetry - 179 pages
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Edwin Morgan's classic Selected Poems was published in 1985. The millennium New Selected brings readers up to date.
It contains most of the 1985 volume, to which Morgan adds later poems. The complete sequence of Sonnets from Scotland appears in book form for the first time, gaining in relevance now that Scotland's Parliament is established. Hitherto uncollected too is Planet Wave, a suite of ten poems covering the history of the earth from the Big Bang to the time of Copernicus. It was set to music by jazz saxophonist and composer Tommy Smith.
Morgan is unique in the courage of his experiments, his openness to the poetries of other languages and to science and science fiction. However spectacular his leaps in time and space, he always comes back to ground in Scotland, in Glasgow, in a present tense which he inhabits with exuberance and hope, and without cultural regrets.

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User Review  - Kaysy - Goodreads

I was required to read some Edwin Morgan poetry for my Scottish Literature class while I'm studying here in Glasgow. I wasn't required to read the whole thing but before I knew it I found myself ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa Shafer - Goodreads

This is simply the BEST introductory collection of Morgan's poems that there is. It has a tiny bit of almost every style he ever used, giving it a wide variety of poems. Morgan is a most accessible ... Read full review


from Dies Irae 1952
from 77k Second Life 1968
from Penguin Modern Poets 15 1969

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Edwin Morgan became lecturer in English at the University of Glasgow and retired as titular Professor in 1980.

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