Dave Morgan is a writer, educationalist and community arts organiser in the North-West of England. He co-founded the performance poetry organisation Write Out Loud with Julian Jordon, and more recently has been a co-curator of the Live from Worktown Festivals in Bolton, Lancashire.


Chuang Tse's Caterpillar by Dave Morgan
Chuang Tse's Caterpillar
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9955012-4-9 | 40pp | 2016
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"If this collection has a theme, it is that of impermanence. Coping with change, temporality and uncertainty is one of our great struggles. We are deluded if we feel our lives are built on rock solid foundations. Despite this we strive to create some little temporary paradise for ourselves and, quite surprisingly, for others." - Dave Morgan

"Change is the metaphysics of our age." - Richard Kostelanetz

"We are not wholly bad or good / 
Who live our lives under Milk Wood." - Dylan Thomas

"Man at his best does not seek to be well-known but seeks to be worth knowing." - Confucius

Greg Freeman reviews Chuang Tse's Caterpillar at Write Out Loud.

Cover design by Brink. Author photo by Louise Coulson.

Dave Morgan: photo by Louise Coulson

In the Sunlight Super Store
from Chuang Tse's Caterpillar © Dave Morgan, 2016

In the Sunlight Superstore
The jars are stacked and labelled,
Each shelf yields its own bedazzled hue.
The Sahara shelf packs jars of liquid gold,
On the Iceland shelf they're of electric blue.

The expensive light is always near the top,
The budget light is ranged next to the floor,
And in between the light for you and me.
Enough to get you through those shadowed aisles
But never quite enough to clearly see the door.

We wander round the Sunlight Super Store
And stare in wonder at the choices we could make.
If only bottled sunshine was less dear
And we could beg, steal, earn or borrow
Enough to get us out of here.

Outside we're told the light is grey and unforgiving
So stay in store and shun the murky street.
So we walk round the aisles in partial darkness,
That tempting light from all those stoppered bottles
Just enough to see our shackled feet.

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