Published by CB Editions
Shortlisted for the 2012 Scottish Book Awards (Poetry).
Dust from a frayed envelope
flecking the wet of her hair.
Gone walkabout in the Antipodes.
A way of life that suits him to a tee.
Can’t say for sure when he’ll be coming back.
An apprenticeship, a first motorbike, knocking about the world (Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, Fiji), loving and being loved and moving on – as Rocky moves into adulthood, Long Cuts tracks a life made distinctive by its rich vitality and resourcefulness, qualities that are matched in its telling.
"Long Cuts is every bit as fine as Natural Mechanical, in some respects better: sharper descriptions, richer language, more assured versification. I loved it."
"A sequel equal to the seemingly matchless Natural Mechanical, a former PBS Recommendation and Aldeburgh Poetry Prize winner, Long Cuts depicts 'further wanderings in the life of Iain Seoras Rockcliffe', as Nature Boy turns man, striking his native wit on the edge of the wider world, sparking like flint on stone. A bravura performance of poetic ventriloqusim, Morgan transcribes Rocky’s hard-won voice into hard-spun verse as vital and varied as the hero’s own freewheeling adventures."
Poetry Book Society Bulletin
Long Cuts is J.O. Morgan’s first book since Natural Mechanical, which won the 2009 Aldeburgh Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize and the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award.
From reviews of Natural Mechanical:
"Remarkable. A gem of a poem."
"So vivid it is clearer than prose. If those who never touch poetry tried a few pages of this, they might become converts."
Rosemary Goring, Herald
"Natural Mechanical is wonderful... By looking hard and exactly at particular things in a particular place, it speaks to everyone, everywhere."
"A literally fabulous achievement."
Times Literary Supplement