Colour Poems was a suite of five silkscreen prints published in an edition of 100 copies in May 1978. Each print is 23" by 16", using between two and twelve colours. They were printed by John Taylor at the Glasgow Print Studio. Images of the prints from this folio are viewable below.
Born Glasgow, Edwin Morgan lived there all his life, except for service with the RAMC, and his poetry is grounded in the city. Yet the title of his 1973 collection, From Glasgow to Saturn, suggests the enormous range of Morgan's subject matter. He was Glasgow's first Poet Laureate 1999-2002, and the first to hold the post of 'Scots Makar', created by the Scottish Executive in 2004 to recognise the achievement of Scottish poets throughout the centuries.Read more about this poet
About this poem
Edwin Morgan commented:
The Colour Poems take up various aspects of colour: flickering or dappled effects, protective coloration, colour in living or dead metaphors. The actual colours used in the poems function at a remove from imitation and have perhaps something of the effect of metre or rhyme in ordinary poetry. An additional element may appear where the words are names of colours but have other meanings: a mental as well as a visual dapple.