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Once Bitten: Poems for Children
Once Bitten: Poems for Children
by David R. Morgan
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONCE BITTEN is Brilliant, 26 Nov. 2012
Once Bitten
a collection of poems for children
by
David R Morgan

( Poetry Space 2012)

Once Bitten is a truly delightful collection of poems for children - many pieces will make junior readers laugh out loud, like the word-play in Alice threw the looking-glass. But that's not all.
David R Morgan shows his serious side in poems such as, Woken Up, with its wonderful low-key observations, `A hand softly holding a hand safe.' And in a favourite of mine, Dead Rainbows, where an oily puddle is described as `A rainbow lying dead on the ground.'
I love the narrative feel in I'm a Leaf and the sheer fun of Explorer. This collection gives the poet an opportunity to display his breadth of writing, mixing the hilarious with the fantastic, the truly quirky with the serious - and there are many poems that set children thinking.
Once Bitten should be available on the poetry shelf of every school library in the land.
The line-drawings accompanying the poems are beautifully done, adding an extra dimension to the printed word.
This is a brilliant collection and children of all ages will love it.

Moira Andrew. Nov 2012
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LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation Vita)
LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation Vita)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £14.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love the ps3 ones then you will love this, 21 Sept. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
this is a whole new game, not a copy of lbp2 it's more like lbp3. so if you loved the ones on ps3 you will love this too :D
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Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by momox co uk
Price: £17.52

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IGNORE THE 1 STARS, 27 Dec. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
this game is incredibly fun online and is one of the best games i have played this year, for those people who think its ruined by origin, its not.


Blooming Cats (Big Books (Educational))
Blooming Cats (Big Books (Educational))
by David R. Morgan
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, 19 Dec. 2011
A brilliant book that captures the spirit of childhood and adventure. The illustrations bring the whole story to vivid, hilarious life. Bryson Hemingway.
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Spilling the Beans on Boudicca
Spilling the Beans on Boudicca
by David R. Morgan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David R Morgan Rocks..., 10 Dec. 2011
This is better than Horrible |Histories. The poet David R Morgan has a real way with words. Buy this or be oblong.
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Beneath The Dreaming Tree: Poems by David R. Morgan
Beneath The Dreaming Tree: Poems by David R. Morgan
by David R. Morgan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three critics rave about Morgan., 10 Dec. 2011
David R Morgan is a poet whose words you remember long after you have looked away from the screen or closed the book. His style is quirky, sometimes intense, with a range of unexpected images. Always articulate and inventive, he delights in taking a sideways look at his surroundings and isn't afraid of tackling the darker episodes we encounter in everyday life. David, who is very aware of pattern on the page, writes poetry replete with well thought-out ideas - and yet, is capable of incredibly surprising last lines that take your breath away.
Moira Andrew

"A poet with a unique voice grounded in surreal nature" ~ Ted Hughes

"A complete one-off. Can make me laugh and cry out loud in equal measures."~ Bryson Hemmingway

Beneath the Dreaming Tree
David R Morgan

Beneath the Dreaming Tree is a collection of intense quirky poems which explore a wide range of subject matter that encompasses the surreal, the philosophical and the bleaker spaces of the subconscious. Perhaps because of this, I found that many of them slipped in under my skin and have embedded themselves as images that continue to resonate long after I've closed the book.

Examples of these images include the shocking picture of 'her buddy blasted/near Al Bu Hardan/his eyes burned black/in his head, opened like a red blossom' (Why Poppies?) and the grim and blackly comedic picture of the patriot, in Patriot, waving his little flag in his teeth.

Morgan enjoys looking at events from new and quirky angles. Things are often not what they seem, or the tone shifts with the last line in unexpected ways. Situations that might otherwise be expected to be peaceful, such as a picnic, turn, 'before the last sandwich' into an environment where the landscape becomes alive with a black cloud writhing like a snake, and a storm that 'rattles an iron chain in sharp teeth.' The voice in the poem in 'Distracted' tells of how in another life he was 'in charge of the moon...making love to a goddess between the roots of a great tree' until, distracted, he died and woke up in an enormous estate in Slough, the fate of not paying enough attention.

It's not all bleak or surreal images though: running through the collection is a thread of lightness and beauty. Gentleness even. The first poem, 'Shaman's Song', epitomises this with the wisdom revealed in the lines, 'Listen... how we can't separate the music/from sun falling on its knees on all greeness/ from this moment/ how this moment/contains all the framents of yesterday/and everything we'll ever know of tomorrow.' These are among my favourite lines in the collection.

So too, 'River Hall Sunday', provides a richly sensuous picture of a Sunday lunch that is 'sustaining' even as a memory. The visual details Morgan captures such as 'tomato juice flecked with black pepper, a lofty mound of bread,' the fact the butter is 'warmed by its side' are vivid enough to make me salivate in anticipation. There is a real quality of nostalgia and security in the description, along with the awareness that memories can be nourishing and 'sustaining' - and not always the fractured pictures of the subconcious.

One of the interesting things about the collection is the rapidly changing mood of the poems from one page to the next. For example, we move directly from that sumptuous banquet to a taut and brutal poem about an electric chair execution in the USA. Just like in our dreams, we are never quite sure what is going to follow.

I like 'Red Riding Hood at Fifty' for the way it turns the story on its head, suggesting the girl always 'knew who it was in that dress' and the implication that her son who was found 'with a shaggy hand in the till' might be the result of their encounter forty years before.

Poetry inevitably is a subjective experience and my personal taste veers towards the sparse, pared back, taut line. In the collection therefore, these are the poems that I prefer. For example, 'Do the Test' , 'Separated', 'Closing the Cinema'.

Where I have criticism is in Morgan's occasional lines that veer towards the over wordy. Lines such as 'my thirst so vast, so hot, so blue,' ('Thirst') or 'sheds momentary melancholy on morning's mirror' ('Seagull Blue') could do with some pruning. As could the 'wind whistled names shied with memory out-of-mind' ('Timed Out') which feels as though it is just trying to say too much. Having said that, that particular line is followed by the lovely tautness of 'the air was ghosts of fruit on my tongue'.

To sum up, Beneath the Dreaming Tree is a fine collection of varied and intriguing poems that have the power of dreams to stay with you visually and, like dreams again, to both unsettle you and comfort you with the power of their images and emotion.

Dorothy Baird
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Lightbulbs in the Sea
Lightbulbs in the Sea
by David R. Morgan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC, 9 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Lightbulbs in the Sea (Paperback)
A superb collection of short, surreal stories like no other. Made so many think about things that exist between dreams and reality.

David R Morgan is a poet whose words you remember long after you have looked away from the screen or closed the book. His style is quirky, sometimes intense, with a range of unexpected images. Always articulate and inventive, he delights in taking a sideways look at his surroundings and isn't afraid of tackling the darker episodes we encounter in everyday life. David, who is very aware of pattern on the page, writes poetry replete with well thought-out ideas - and yet, is capable of incredibly surprising last lines that take your breath away.
Moira Andrew

"A poet with a unique voice grounded in surreal nature" ~ Ted Hughes

"A complete one-off. Can make me laugh and cry out loud in equal measures."~ Bryson Hemmingway

" David R Morgan" takes you places you've not been before. Peter Porter
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC DVD)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC DVD)
Offered by Synergy Inc.
Price: £10.16

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING, 13 Nov. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
this game is amazing, i`ve been waiting for skyrim for about a year now and i have to say it lives up to my expectations. BUY THIS GAME !!!!!!!!!


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