David Morley

David Morley is a leading British poet, critic and ecologist. He has published 21 books, including 11 collections of poetry. His poetry and prose have been translated into several languages and his book on creative writing The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing is popular around the world.

His latest collection from Carcanet is Enchantment, a Telegraph Book of the Year.  Poems from the new book have appeared in The London Review of Books, PN Review, The Times, The Guardian and Poetry Review. His previous collection The Invisble Kings was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a TLS Book of the Year.

David has received fourteen literary awards, including a major Eric Gregory Award, a Tyrone Guthrie Award from Northern Arts, a Hawthorden International Writers Fellowship, an Arts Council Writers Award, a Creative Ambitions Award, the Raymond Williams Prize, and an Arts Council Fellowship. 

A Belfast Kiss was a winner in the 1990 Book & Pamphlet Competition.


SAFE HOUSE

She doesn’t know it, but he will have the lot:
Bed, breakfast, and her last hot water. 

The grain of the bed board will grunt at leisure.
A moth, swivelling on a window, will face about. 

Even now she’s mawkish over his question,
how ‘a night spent alone might as well be forever’. 

Cue the ‘cut suit’, booze, the Falls lingua franca.
Yes, she’ll take a gin. Go easy on the lemon. 

Morning, he approves her nipples, Ready Brek, coil.
The clock’s ticking by his ear is more than relevant; 

ditto his fast motorbike in its easy oil;
ditto the Armalite from the last tenant. 

Shite like as you always opening my door.
Get out of here unless you’re staying forever.

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