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‘Difficult to pick favourites’ | Living Places, Passing Lives, by James Morgan-Jones

This great little book is perfect for carrying around and dipping in and out of when you have a quiet moment to yourself. James has a real gift for conjuring up images and making us/me think. My favourites at the moment are Sonnet for a Footballing Man, Nan’s Gramophone, God Particle and Excess.

As an aside, unusually for me, my copy is beginning to look a bit battered in a good way where I’ve been carrying it around for weeks reading and re- reading and maybe pressing it down while I look up a word (he has such a wonderfully rich vocabulary) – I’ve even been tempted to write notes and underline words, shock horror!

Safe to say, I’m enjoying this book of poems very much.

Annie Lewis, 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed on Amazon.co.uk.

I wasn’t previously aware that James had published a poetry collection (I’m one of his Glasswater Quintet fans) but noticed this poetry collection on ordering his latest novel.

What a lovely collection of poems, well written, meaningful, atmospheric, easy to dip in and out of and revisi . It’s difficult to pick favourites – loved Goldcrest, Magi, the Company of Trees, Frozen and Sonnet for a Footballing Man.

What a talented author and poet!

Elaine, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.

I am familiar with James Morgan-Jones’ fictional work published so far but was interested to see that he had turned his hand to poetry. Living Places, Passing Lives (Poems of Loss, Regeneration and Hope) is a remarkable first collection, with a wide range of thoughtful and thought-provoking poems and an ambitious range of different formats, but all connected by the umbrella theme of places and people past, and their influence on the present and future – very topical in our fast-paced lives.

My favourites from the collection, so far, would have to be Lost Lands, Wayside, God Particle, Life on Mars, Hour Glass, Little Girl Lost, and Prayer. However, I expect that, as I revisit the collection at different times, I may find that my imagination is sparked afresh by a particular image or grouping of words from many of the other poems too!

I know that many people do not perhaps, by choice, read poetry much these days, perhaps feeling daunted by the prospect, or by a poor experience from schooldays, but please do not be put off. This collection is something you could easily dip in and out of when you have just a little time to spare, or spend a lot longer analysing and considering, depending on your taste. Most of the poems are not overly long – some indeed are very short – but it is the mixture and variety of formats, use of a wide range of words and images, yet all connected thematically, which makes this new collection such a triumph.

As well as awaiting further instalments of The Glasswater Quintet, I will certainly be hoping that James Morgan-Jones considers a second collection of poems, when inspiration strikes!

F. Henry, 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed on Amazon.co.uk.

Living Places, Passing Lives examines the identity of place and the rooting of individual lives within it. The threat of environmental destruction and the disastrous impact this has on human consciousness is explored from diverse points of view, as are the links to those who have lived and died before us, and to whom we are connected by blood in powerful and mysterious ways.

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