Virtual and Other Realities Paperback – 27 Nov 1997
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
'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.