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B. 1916 D. 1995
The most remarkable phenomenon of the English poetic scene ... has been the advent, or perhaps I should say the irruption, of Gavin Ewart - Philip Larkin.
If death still comes / we'll strike a pose / and hold our breath / until he goes - Kevin Ireland
Dorothea Smartt reveals a poetic intelligence and maturity of form and content which definitely locates her among the best of her generation of poets. - Carol Boyce Davies
The kind of poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent - The Times
B. 1885 D. 1972
Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. - Ezra Pound
I believe even 5-year-olds can get something from a Shakespearean sonnet...as long as you DON'T tell them, 'This is really hard.' - Rita Dove
B. 1927 D. 2014
What troubles me is a sense that so many things lovely and precious in our world seem to be dying out. Perhaps poetry will be the canary in the mine-shaft warning us of what's to come. - Galway Kinnell
In my poetry I give primacy to the breath. For me it is the way the poem breathes that gives it form. - Penelope Shuttle