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Your Chance to Win a Signed Copy of “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems” by K Morris

I am offering my readers the chance to win a signed paperback of my recently released poetry collection, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems“. In order to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of “Light and Shade”, please answer the following, what is the title of the poem from which the below lines come:

“So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.”

The rules:

1. Only one signed copy of “Light and Shade” is available.

2. The first person to email me with the correct answer wins a free, signed copy of my book.

3. Please do not answer the question in the comments at the foot of this post. Please send your responses to, kmorrispoet (at) gmail dot com. The address is rendered in this manner to defeat spammers.

4. Please put “Competition to Win a Signed Paperback of Light and Shade” in the subject line of your email.

5. The competition will close at 12 pm on Saturday 11 July. Any entries received after this will not be considered.

You can find the paperback edition of “Light and Shade” here, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B37VVKV/. My book is also available as a Kindle download and can be found here, https://www.amazon.com/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/.

Poets Anonymous

On the evening of Friday 3 July, I spent a pleasant couple of hours participating in a poetry reading organised by Poets Anonymous on Zoom, http://www.poetsanon.org.uk/.

Poets Anonymous organises poetry readings. Prior to the pandemic these took place in and around London, (many of them in Croydon). However, since the outbreak of COVID-19 events have moved online. The group also sends out emails to interested people regarding poetry matters, including competitions and opportunities for poets to have their work featured.

I greatly enjoyed listening to other poets reading their work, and reading several of my own poems from “The Selected Poems of K Morris”, and “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems”. One of the poems read by me is entitled “In This Old Familiar Wood”, and runs thus:

“In this old, familiar wood

I take my hood

Down, just

In time for the rain.

I shall not put it up again.

Thoughts of lust,

Of lost love,

And friendship I shall retain

For a while. But this wood,

And the rain,

Shall remain.”

(“In This Old Familiar Wood” can be found in “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems”, which is available in paperback and Kindle, and can be found here, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B37VVKV/.

2 Reviews of My Collection of Poetry, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems

I was delighted to discover that my collection of poetry, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems” has received a further 2 reviews on Goodreads.

Veronika Sizova:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this poetry collection, which has immersed me into a vibrant universe of scintillating humour and alluring melancholy
simultaneously. The bold contrast between the sections “Light” and “Shade” has particularly fascinated me, being reminiscent of the chiaroscuro technique
used by Renaissance artists to accentuate the beauty of their paintings by incorporating the dichotomy of lightness and darkness into their masterpieces.
Kevin Morris has demonstrated exceptional poetic artistry in combining humorous topics with serious themes, such as profound contemplation of human life’s
inevitable evanescence and immortalizing one’s beloved in art.

I would also like to applaud the author for his thoughtfulness and brilliant decision to add footnotes, describing the references he used throughout the
book. An ardent lover of literary allusions, I have particularly enjoyed the poem “The Weather Was Chill,” where Emily Dickinson’s “feathered hope” makes
a flamboyant appearance. It was also my pleasure to find a playful verse referencing “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” which I highly admire.

As Kevin Morris would say, indulging in rhyme is not yet a crime, so don’t hesitate to read his excellent poetry!”.

(For the review please visit, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3412806912?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1.

Audrey Driscoll:

“Section 1 – Love, Nature and Time — comprises poems on themes familiar to those acquainted with Morris’s poetry. The atmosphere is almost uniformly somber,
with occasional touches of wry humour. Appreciation of nature is inevitably paired with awareness of mortality. Desire is of the unfulfilled variety, with
overtones of irony, as in “Escort (an Acrostic),” the final poem of the section.

Similar poems are grouped together; thus, we have five poems featuring autumn leaves and four that mention wind. They are all brief, but almost seem like
different versions of a single poem.

The best of the serious verses have a roundness and a satisfying trajectory. “I Saw a Great Bough,” for example, and “The Sun’s Light Ends in Night.” Others
limp a little. For example, “The Point of Poetry.” “Why must I / Attempt to capture / Every rapture / Or simple pleasure? / The weather / Is there to be
enjoyed, / Be it fine or wet, / Yet.” To my ear, the line “Is there to be enjoyed,” is a bit too long and breaks the rhythm. But perhaps this is intentional,
since the poem’s final line mentions “a poor rhyme.”

Several poems at the end of Section 1 mention the effects of Covid-19. “The Pubs are All Closed,” is the most obvious example, as it expresses regret for
a lost sense of community, even though “girls in short clothes” continue to “go by.”

“Do Good Men Count Sheep?” is interesting. It contains yet another ambiguous reference to women – or rather, to “girls” – who appear often in this collection
as passing by, being glimpsed, or being unavailable.

Section 2, Humour, is considerably longer and a departure from the serious. In fact, many of these short, limerick-like verses are goofy, zany, and downright
bizarre. Here again are groups of similar verses; for example, the set of ten under the title “Miss White.” Each one features a lady by name of White in
a different situation. Many of these verses display a spirit of gleeful naughtiness in keeping with the limerick tradition.

While the limericks adhere to the AABBA rhyme scheme, I did find problems with the rhythm in some cases. Too many syllables in a line causes unexpected
jolts, as in “There Was a Horologist Named Sue.” I must admit that incorporating the word “horologist” into a limerick is a challenge, so perhaps I should
not be too critical.

Quite a few of these short poems are clever and funny. I particularly enjoyed “A Young Lady from France,” “Concrete Poetry,” “Hall’s Ball,” and “There
Once Was a PM Named Boris.”

“Physicists Say” returns to the philosophical, but with a lighthearted tone. Another poem that departs from the limerick form is “Poetry and Prose.” It
neatly sums up a poet’s thoughts about his art.

I recommend Light and Shade to anyone who appreciates short, thoughtful poems. Readers may dip into the serious side if so inclined, or skip over to the
Humour section for a smile and a giggle.”

(For the review please visit, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3412237891?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1).

“Light and Shade” is available in paperback and Kindle and can be found here, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B37VVKV/.

Poet Kevin Morris To Be Interviewed on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series, on Thursday 25 June 2020

I am pleased to announce that I shall be interviewed by Ariadne Sawyer of The World Poetry Reading Series, on Thursday 25 June, (https://worldpoetry.ca/).

The interview will take place at 11 am (Vancouver time), which equates to 7 pm (UK time). Due to the Corona pandemic, my interview will take place over Zoom and be broadcast at a later date.

During the interview, I will read from and discuss my recently published collection, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems.

Once my interview goes live, I shall post a link to it here.

You can find links to “Light and Shade” below:

For amazon.com customers please click here https://www.amazon.com/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/ (for the Kindle edition), and here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B37VVKV/ (for the paperback).

For amazon.co.uk customers please follow this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/ (for the Kindle edition), or click here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08B37VVKV/ (for the paperback).

On 27 February 2020, I discussed my poetry with Ariadne Sawyer of the World Poetry Reading Series. For that appearance please visit, http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-80.

A 5 Star Review of my book, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not So Serious) Poems”

I was delighted to receive the below review of “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems”:

“it was amazing
This is another enjoyable collection of poems by this author, where the poems are split in to a couple of different sections: one for more serious and
thought-provoking poetry, and another for humerous poetry. As is generally the case with collections like this, while I liked all the poems, I did enjoy
some of them more than others, with “The Point of Poetry” and “The Weather Was Chill” being my favourites from the first section of this collection, while
“Vanity” and “When a Young Lady Named Leigh” were my favourites from section two.

*Note: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This fact has in no way influenced either my opinion of the
book or the contents of this review.”

To read the original review please visit, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3399756232?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1.

To purchase or read a sample of “Light and Shade:

For amazon.com customers please click here

(for the Kindle edition), and here

(for the paperback).

For amazon.co.uk customers please follow this link

(for the Kindle edition), or click here

(for the paperback).

A Guest Post and a Book Announcement

I am grateful to Vivienne Sang for kindly hosting me on her excellent blog, and allowing me to talk about my views on poetry, and my newly released poetry collection, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems“.

To read my guest article on Vivienne’s blog please follow this link, https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/guest-post-from-kevin-morris-poet/.

I am delighted to announce that “Light and Shade” is now available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon.

For amazon.com customers please click here https://www.amazon.com/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/ (for the Kindle edition), and here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B37VVKV/ (for the paperback).

For amazon.co.uk customers please follow this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/ (for the Kindle edition), or click here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08B37VVKV/ (for the paperback).