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Great Feedback On My “Selected Poems”

I was delighted to receive the following email earlier today:

“Dear Mr Morris,
I am writing to tell you that your poems in “The Collected Poems of K Morris” that you gave me on the train on my way to college are exceptional. You might not remember me but I am the girl doing politics and history that you met on the train and gifted your amazing book to. I have always been interested in writing poems and therefore you have really inspired me to carry on my interest and write some poems of my own. I would really like to thank you for gifting me your book and inspiring me to continue writing”.

The Selected Poems of K. Morris

“The Selected Poems of K Morris” can be found here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WW8WXPP/ (for the UK), and here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WW8WXPP/. (for amazon.com customers).

(Please note, I have not included the young lady’s name in order to protect her privacy).

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Statue of Poet Philip Larkin Placed on Secret Racism Reviews List

An article in The Telegraph says that the statue of the poet Philip Larkin in Hull has been placed on a secret racism review’s list following Black Lives Matter protests.

In his letters, Larkin made racist comments, which has caused the poet’s statue to be placed on the review list.

The article states that emails from those employed by the Council have argued that the statue should stay, and I would be astounded if Larkin is removed from public view.

In my view, a poet’s (or any other literary person’s views) should not disqualify them from being honoured by a statue. It is the quality of a poet’s work on which they should be judged. One may condemn the opinions of an individual (I do not agree with Larkin’s views on race), whilst celebrating their literary greatness.

Amongst my favourite Larkin poems, are Aubade and Ambulances. His description in the former poem of why so many people fear death is masterful and it is a poem to which I often return.

To read the article, (which is behind a paywall) please follow this link, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/06/philip-larkin-statue-placed-secret-racism-reviews-list-following/.

I Once Met a High Court Judge

I once met a High Court judge
Who said, with a wink and nudge,
“I believe you know Claire?”.
I said, “take care sir,
Lest I sue you for slander, judge!”.

Your Chance to Win a Free Signed Paperback Edition of The Further Selected Poems of K Morris

I am offering my readers the chance to win a free signed paperback copy of my recently released Further Selected Poems. In order to be in with a chance of winning, please answer the following question, in which famous poem do these lines appear:

“ Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o’clock in the morning.”

The rules:

1. Only one signed paperback edition of The Selected Poems of K Morris is available.
2. The first person to email me the correct answer wins a free signed copy of my book.
3. You may enter irrespective of your location.
4. The winner will receive their book by end April (probably before that date).
5. To enter the competition, please send an email to kmorrispoet (at) gmail dot com, putting “Competition to Win a Copy of The Further Selected Poems” in the subject line of your message. Please do not leave the answer to the question in the comments at the foot of this post.
6. Any queries concerning the competition should be sent to the above email address.
7. The competition closes at 6 pm (UK time) on 24 March 2021. Any entries received after this will not be considered.
8. You can find The Further Selected Poems of K Morris here, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Further-Selected-Poems-Morris/dp/B08XL7YZ9H/.

Good luck.

The Dangers of Sin

When a gorgeous young lady named Lin
Warned me of the dangers of sin,
Priggish Miss Coral
Called me immoral.
And then I went home with Lin …

As I Lay in Bed Last Night

As I lay in bed last night
I heard the heels of Miss White.
I said, “Come in”.
And my wife Lin,
Threw me out last night with White!

A Review of my Further Selected Poems

I was delighted to receive the following review of my recently published “The Further Selected Poems of K Morris”:

“Once again this author has delivered an enjoyable collection of poems, which are a pleasant mixture of different styles, with topics that are often either amusing or thought-provoking. “This Winter Sunshine” and “as I Go” are favourites of mine from this collection, along with “There Once Was A Turkey Called Paul” – the latter of which I found amusing. “To A Departed Dog” was my absolute favourite out of all the poems though, and really spoke to me.”

To read the original review please visit this link, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3869462686.
To read a sample or to purchase the book, please visit https://www.amazon.co.uk/Further-Selected-Poems-Morris-ebook/dp/B08XPMGD3F/.

My Guest Post on Blindwilderness

My thanks to Lorraine for her kindness in allowing me to share a poem from my recently published Further Selected Poems. To read my guest post on Lorraine’s blog, please follow this link, https://blindwilderness.wordpress.com/2021/03/06/guest-post-from-kevin-morrs-poet/

There Once Was a Girl Who Wore Shoes

There once was a girl who wore shoes
Who was far too fond of strong booze.
They would say to her, “Rose,
The winter wind it coldly blows.
Perhaps you should wear more than just shoes!”.

Claire and Miss Hocking

An attractive young lady named Claire
Is enjoying a most sordid affair.
Whilst naughty Miss Hocking
Has mislaid a stocking …
And I am busy with Claire.