poemof the moment
The bear, undoing its white from the white of the fall, steps back.
about the poem
'Dividing Line' is taken from the new collection by J.O. Morgan, In Casting Off. After tackling the story of a dyslexic boy called Rocky who got his education from the world around him and the medieval battle of Maldon in previous books, Morgan has now written a poem-novella that is a love story set in a remote fishing community.
Polar bear on the rock by Tambako The Jaguar, under a Creative Commons licence
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Whenever J.O. Morgan publishes a new collection, you have to pay attention. You never know where his imagination is going to take him next. A storyteller, his books are intimate epics. If you want to hear the author read his own work, he will read In Casting Off at its launch event on August 4, at Toppings in St Andrews. More information: https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/st-andrews/
J.O. Morgan lives on a small farm in the Scottish Borders. His first book, Natural Mechanical (CB Editions, 2009), won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize; its sequel, Long Cuts (CB Editions, 2012), was shortlisted for a Scottish Book Award. His third book, At Maldon (CB Editions, 2014), takes its bearings from the Old English poem 'The Battle of Maldon'.