Swimming Chenango Lake
Edited by David Morley
RRP: GBP 11.99
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Awards won by Charles Tomlinson
Winner, 2003 New Criterion Poetry Prize (Skywriting)
Awards won by David Morley
Winner, 2015 Poetry Society Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry (The Invisible Gift )
Carol Rumens, The Guardian
‘His poetry stuns us by its formal rigour, its punctiliousness, its syntactical mastery, its long, building effects. Unmissable.’
Michael Glover, The Tablet
‘Tomlinson is one of the most astute, disciplined, and lucent poets of his generation. His quiet, meditative voice will reverberate on both sides of the Atlantic for a long time to come.’
Praise for Charles Tomlinson
‘Tomlinson’s work and his new volume achieve balance, synthesis and wonderful expression. Add to this that he is also very funny, and I trust you have abandoned any reason not to buy the book. Let’s be proud of him.’
David Morley, the Guardian
‘Tomlinson has an international reputation as a poet and translator. He is also a painter and brings his artist’s eye to his poetry, drawing out exact lines, creating luminous imagery that is still touched by a sense of mystery. Please read him…his collection Seeing is Believing is one of my all-time favourites.’
Sion Hamilton, The Bookseller pick of 2006.
‘He has divided his line according to a new measure learned, perhaps, for a new world. It gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life’.
William Carlos Williams
‘Against the word as spectacle, Tomlinson opposes the concept — a very English one — of the world as event…He is fascinated — with his eyes open: a lucid fascination — by the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things’.
‘Tomlinson insists, and he has a right to insist, that he is as authentic a voice of modern Britain as Larkin is. Only in the great poets is content so intimately married to form’.
Praise for David Morley
‘David Morley can work in more than one mode… no subject is off limits here’
Harry Cochrane, TLS
‘Morley is a master of the integrity of wholes and parts. A fabulous collection of poems…’
Dundee University Review of the Arts
‘Like opening a box of fireworks, something theatrical happens when you open its pages … Ted Hughes wrote about the natural magical and mythical world; The Invisible Gift is a natural successor.’
Ali Smith, Andrew McMillan & Jackie Kay, Ted Hughes Award judges.
‘David Morley takes us on a voyage to the other half of his heritage. In a serial masterpiece of macaronic verse, he shows us a life intimate with our own…yet more deeply Other than romantic fairytales or even authentic music from Spain and Eastern Europe had suggested it might be. He holds our world up to a language mostly kept secret up to now…the refraction of the familiar is dizzying yet often moving.’
‘T’he strange atmospherics suffuse every page while the balance struck between mystery and disclosure can be breathtaking…Such moments led me to feel that Morley had not so much created a new universe as uncovered one. Any universe is bound together by language; and Morley brings Romany vocabulary fizzing and crackling into our consciousness’
Tim Liardet, Guardian
‘A rare and beautiful book.’
The Guardian on The Invisible Kings (2007)
‘Here are two outsiders working at poetry from the underside of nature, Clare now in a brown huff, Wisdom snaring a warren with a snigger of wires. Using a mixture of sonnets, Romani language, concrete poetry, and the dynamics of birdsong, Morley conjures a marvellous sense of nature as intimacy, something precise yet loaded and of immense importance to us.’
‘Enchantment by David Morley is a linguistic feast…’
Jonathan Bate Sunday Telegraph Books Of The Year 2010
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‘In the Mind’s Own Sun’: Editing Charles Tomlinson
Sasha Dugdale on WS Graham
PN Review 244: ‘Perhaps only bad Poets become poets’
Notes from the Dream House: ‘The Shining’ Review