When I wrote about Alan Morrison's A Tapestry of Absent Sitters on 1st April 2009 I naturally had no inkling that my idea of use of the word 'dragon' would spark an epic 'insider' poem of 2,368 lines.
My copy, signed by Alan Morrison, arrived a few days ago. I have yet to read it.
Captive Dragons is a by-product of Morrison's 3 years of voluntary work in the field of mental health as a weekly Poet-in-Residence at Mill View Hospital, Sussex. The book's publication is supported by Star Wards, Sussex NHS Partnership and the Arts Council of England.
On his 'Acknowledgements' page Morrison wrote: "Thanks also to . . . Barry Tebb . . . and to Gwilym Williams for drawing me towards dragons as a motif through a phrase he used in his review of my previous Waterloo collection . . . to Jeremy Reed . . . Mario Petrucci . . . to Steven O'Brien . . ."
Here's the important stuff:
Captive Dragons / The Shadow Thorns
Poems from the Mill View Residency 2008 - 11
by Alan Morrison
ISBN 978 - 190674239 - 3
first published 2011
by Waterloo Press (Hove)
95 Wick Hall
Hove BN3 1NG
My review will appear here soon. Meanwhile stay cool. Or be bold and read another one .
Photo by myself of a scene from the Venice Biennale 2011
presentation 'teleco-soup' by Tabaimo (Japan Pavilion).