Cover painting by Brian Aldiss
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Although better known for his achievements in science fiction, Brian Aldiss’s poetry has been an integral part of his creative activity throughout his writing life and many of his poems have appeared in magazines and collections. Mortal Morning brings together a selection of his best and most representative poems, including those with a science fiction or metaphysical slant, deeply personal poems about family and loss, and poems of everyday life. A sequence of poems about artists and their work includes reflections on Gauguin’s Tahiti paintings, Kandinsky and Francis Bacon.
As a poet, Aldiss is versatile and frequently surprising, creating work that ranges from intimate and introspective to humorous, bold and surreal, and Mortal Morning will appeal to his many loyal readers and those who are yet to encounter his unique work.
'Aldiss is more than an earnest Romantic. Like many science fiction authors, he loves big ideas of all sorts, and his poems display a capacious curiosity about everything from stillborn babies to literary categories, from fairytales to cats, from the popular nineteenth-centure painter John Martin to Gaugin, de Chirico, and many other painters.’
Jeff Gundy in Poetry Salzburg Review 20, Autumn 2011
‘Aldiss’s mythological imagination, at full throttle in books like Hothouse with its end-world hydrid creatures, creeps through into the metaphors of his poetry.’
Erik Martiny in The London Magazine, December/January 2011/12
'His voice is conversational and accessible...Few books range this widely; the result is something of a miscellany...one that often surprises and rewards'
Jeff Gundy, Poetry Salzburg Review (Autumn 2011)
'Many of the poems in the collection deal with loss and sorrow, but science fans will not feel short-changed'
Kat Austen, NewScientist, March 2011
The poem 'Lu Tai' is lovely and classically timeless...you can tell immediately that he has loved poetry for a long time'
Helena Nelson, Ambit, July 2011
'The genres of science fiction and poetry have (apparently) not inspired each other often, or with great success. . . Brian Aldiss, does not fall into this category. . . occupying a space between fantasy and realism'.
Jonathan Taylor, TLS, April 1 2011
‘A handsome and surprising selected poems from the distinguished science-fiction writer. These poems are formally accomplished, thematically wide-ranging and very good indeed.’
Peter Bennet in Other Poetry, Series 4, No 3.
'This new collection brings together a representative selection. He journeys far and wide: from East Cocker and Exmoor to Istanbul, Ulan Bator and Moscow, as well as Mars.'
Keith Richmond, Tribune
Mortal Morning costs £12.99 and was published in March 2011.
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