J O Morgan lives on a small farm in the Scottish Borders. He writes book-length narrative poems for which he has received a number of accolades. Natural Mechanical (CB editions, 2009) won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; its sequel, Long Cuts (CBE, 2011) was shortlisted for a Scottish Book Award. At Maldon (CBE, 2013), his third book, took its bearings from a historic battle, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award.
In his new book, a beautiful hard-backed volume, Morgan takes up a very different kind of idea. In Casting Off is, among other things, a love story. In this poem-novella, different aspects of love pull against different hearts, in the setting of a remote fishing community with its own particular customs and traditions. It is a strange and haunting tale.
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