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Virtual and Other Realities [Paperback]

Edwin Morgan
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27 Nov 1997
In "A Voyage", which opens this book, Edwin Morgan evokes the journey of the human sperm from ejaculation to fertilization. The poem was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996. It belongs with his poems of space exploration, his poetry of science, and his love poems. Three sequences complete this collection. "Beasts of Scotland" was commissioned by the Glasgow International Jazz Festival and set to music by saxophonist Tommy Smith. "The Five-Pointed Star" was written for the Burns Bicentenary. The title sequence of 50 triplet poems considers the consequences to reality of notions of "virtual reality". His work uses both Scottish and European perspectives.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (27 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857543475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857543476
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,671,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edwin Morgan, Scots Poet Laureate and esteemed translator, presents in this volume four sequences of poetry: the eponymous 'Virtual and Other Realities'; the commissioned work 'Beasts of Scotland'; 'The Five-Pointed Star' and the delightful piece, 'A Voyage'.
'A Voyage' charts the meeting of sperm and egg from the points of view of the two protagonists; this work was broadcast on Radio 4, and like much of Morgan's work, is even better heard aloud than read straight from the page.
'Beasts of Scotland' was commissioned by the Glasgow Int. Jazz Festival in 1996, and was set to music by a leading saxophonist. The poems explore, as the title suggests, the fauna of Morgan's native land, but not always in the way one might expect...
'The Five Pointed Star', also a commissioned work, is a five-poem sequence, connecting five seemingly unconnected figures, four from history, one from the future, and ties them together, again with Scotland the subtle theme underpinning the set. Erudite and playful, Morgan pushes the boundries with effortless ease.
'Virtual and Other Realities' does exactly what it says on the tin; fifty triplet poems, examining the impact on the 'real' world, by the countless 'virtualities' that now surround us. Evocative, intricate, and sometimes very moving, these are excellent examples of the skill of Scotland's greatest living poet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It spoke to my heart and to my mind. 1 July 1999
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I know practically nothing about poetry(great start for a review!)But a few years ago I chanced upon a few of the poems in this book in a magazine.I was at a very low ebb personally speaking but just reading them opened my mind to the vast and wonderful possibilties that this life of ours has to offer.It spoke to my heart and my mind, made me richer.Some of the poems will stay with me for the rest of my life.I dont think there is higher praise really.Anyway shall I summarise the book .. :-) & :-( & :-O
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 11 Jan 2014
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Overall, Edwin Morgan is an amazing poet and this collection has some really good poems in it. One of my favorites in this collection in "Someone." You can't go wrong buying a collection my Edwin Morgan, but the good ones are hard to find.
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