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The Invisible Kings (Poetry Book Society Recommendation) Paperback – 30 Aug 2007
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Who are the invisible kings? Why do two bears follow them round Britain? And what happens when a gypsy's curse comes miraculously to life? David Morley's new book reveals extraordinary worlds where the real and imagined converge in stories and charms, just this side of science and magic. When David Morley's Romani poems first appeared in the "London Review of Books" and "PN Review", the strangeness of the language and their narrative power convinced readers that here was a genuinely new imaginative world. Partly Romani himself, the poet follows - and remakes - a tradition of weaving stories, from the conflicts in his own culture and that of the Roma. The personal poems that open the collection develop into a traveller's-eye view of England and Europe as stages for war, passion and betrayal. Never before has a writer made such daring and beautiful use of the Romani language as a vehicle for contemporary poetry, nor has a Romani poem achieved the devastating epic scope of 'Kings', the central narrative of the collection. "The Invisible Kings" continues a cycle of poems that began with David Morley's "Scientific Papers" and which will conclude with "An Island Blown Inland".
About the Author
DAVID MORLEY read Zoology at Bristol University and pursued research on acid rain. With Jeremy Treglown he founded the Writing Programme in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick where he develops and teaches new practices in scientific as well as creative writing and theatre writing. His collection Scientific Papers appeared from Carcanet in 2002. He has received a major Gregory Award, a Tyrone Guthrie Award from Northern Arts, a Hawthornden Fellowship, an Arts Council Writers Award, a Creative Ambitions Award, and an Arts Council Fellowship in Writing at Warwick University. New projects include an anthology of new Romanian writing, No Longer Poetry, and The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing. He reviews poetry for The Guardian.