J.O. Morgan: Assurances

Aye Write: The winner of this year’s COSTA prize for poetry, J.O. Morgan lives on a small farm in the Scottish Borders.

J.O. Morgan: Assurances

About J.O. Morgan: Assurances

Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.

Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat in a war-poem about the nuclear stalemate which is both historic and frighteningly topical.

Chaired by Jim Carruth, Poet Laureate for Glasgow

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