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I believe that in all diverse forms of artistic expression across all countries, there are some sensitivities in common. Esther Phillips
Glyn Maxwell covers a greater distance in a single line than most people do in a poem. Joseph Brodsky
In the face of loss - human, natural, temporal - McQueen finds salvation in language. Often her work is about artistic endeavour itself: the desire to freeze time, the realisation that this is impossible - Sarah Quigley
A dynamic reader, Eggleton has a rapid-fire delivery that releases a torrent of images, some startling, ugly, or funny - Greg O'Brien
B. 1893 D. 1918
My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Wilfred Owen
B. 1844 D. 1889
“A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.”
Rest on memory's sea-bed: we will swim down to thee. - Andrew Johnston, 'The Sunflower'
B. 1929 D. 2016
some pure thing, / Some living source, half-imagined and half-real, / Pulses in the fictive water that I feel. - John Montague, 'The Water Carrier'
B. 1896 D. 1974
Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke
B. 1932 D. 1963
The blood jet is poetry,/ There is no stopping it. - 'Kindness', Sylvia Plath (written 1st February 1963)