Firstly, opening and closing lines lines from Edwin Morgan's poem Foundation:
'What would you put in the foundation-stone
for future generations?' 'A horseshoe,
a ballet shoes, a horseshoe crab . . .
. . . a dozen conceptual universes
laid head to head like sardines in a tin
and poured all over with lovely oil
of poetry: seal it; solder the key.'
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and so the Nessie
Edwin Morgan was the last man standing. Aged 90 years this highly acclaimed Scottish bard passed away on the 17th August just gone. He was the last of Scotland's so-called Big 7, the others being Hugh MacDiarmid, Robert Garioch, Norman MacCaig, Ian Crichton Smith, George Mackay Brown and Sorley MacLean. Morgan's final collection Dreams and Other Nightmares - New and Uncollected Poems 1954 - 2009 (Mariscat, Edinburgh) was published as recently as April of this year. There are wonderful tributes and comments to be found on the blogs WEAVER OF GRASS and GEORGE SZIRTES also reachable by PiR's A-Z LINKS >>>
A convenient link to an Edwin Morgan website will appear in the Poet-in-Residence A-Z LINKS >>> before you can say: fok fok splgrafhatchgabrlgabrl