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A Tapestry of Absent Sitters (2009)



Alan Morrison Giving Light - Waterloo Sampler No. 2  (2003)

…the strangely haunting perspectives of ‘Last of the Spray Carnations’, the marvellous cynical whimsy of ‘The Cottage’; ‘The House of Sadness Past’; ‘The Sound of Eating’; ‘A Hamper from Landrake’ – terrific…a real poet
K.M. Newmann, Summer Palace Press

Outstanding – books beautifully produced aren’t normally matched by the contents, but this is. One of the finest books I've seen in a long, long time. Alan has a voice entirely his own. Stanza 4 of 'Last of the Spray Carnations' is worthy of Pound. 'Tears of mustard sun' - I wish I'd written that! The shorter poems too are excellent - wise, witty and full of feeling. 'The Cottage' is marvellous. At 63 when I read his work I feel there's hope for poetry still.
Barry Tebb, Sixties Press

Some of the shorter poems seem to search for the self-referencing wisdoms of an isolated mind and remind one of the aphorisms of William Blake. All the poems strike sparks
Graham High, Poetry Express


ISBN 1-902731-14-X


...the four-liners have a Blakean feeling pulsating right the way through them. Every word counts. The poems, in their quirkiness, also remind me of Stevie
John Horder

The booklet resonates with poems about the everyday meaning of being alive. ...Morrison is able to dip into the profound
Doreen King, New Hope International

Read extracts from Giving Light


Alan Morrison’s poetry first appeared in the First Edition Asham Award anthology Don’t Think of Tigers (The Do Not Press, 2001).

He is author of the highly regarded verse play Picaresque
and three critically acclaimed poetry volumes: The Mansion Gardens (Paula Brown, 2006), A Tapestry of Absent Sitters (Waterloo, 2009; shortlisted for the Purple Patch Best Volume 2010), and Keir Hardie Street (Smokestack, 2010; nominated for the Tillie Olsen Award; recorded to CD by acclaimed actor Michael Jayston).

Morrison is editor of polemical literary webzine the Recusant
(www.therecusant.org.uk). His poetry and literary essays have most recently appeared in The London Magazine and Stand.

A fifth volume, Blaze a Vanishing, is forthcoming in early 2012.


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