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Virtual and Other Realities Paperback – 27 Nov 1997

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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: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,589,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edwin Morgan was born in Glasgow in 1920. His studies at Glasgow University were interrupted in 1940 when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, but he returned to university and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Turning down a scholarship at Oxford, he lectured at Glasgow University until 1980. He has published numerous volumes of poetry and translated works from many languages. His various awards include the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2000 and the prestigious Weidenfeld Prize for Translation in 2001. In 1999 he became Glasgow's first Poet Laureate, and in 2004 was given the title of Scotland's National Poet.

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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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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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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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