David Morley is a leading British poet, critic and ecologist. His latest collection of poems, ‘The Gypsy and the Poet’ (Carcanet, 2013), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His selected poems are due to be published by Carcanet in 2015. In 1996, he founded the Warwick Writing Programme with Jeremy Treglown, and he is currently Head of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.

Editor’s Note: ‘Raptures’ appears in the Wenlock Poetry Festival 2014 anthology, and appears here with kind permission from the poet and the publisher.