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Poet

6 poems available

“I want these poems to help people to practise empathy”

Interview

Jean Sprackland talks about her inspiration and process for writing poetry.

Guided Tour

“I had the great joy of being part of the creative team for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics – a multi-media extravaganza that was streamed, tweeted, favourited and blogged about across the planet. For all its noise and…

Special Collection

Poets have always written poems about love. We have put together a collection of recordings of some of the best classic love poems, introduced and read for you by today’s poets. From Elizabeth Barrett Browning asking “How do I love thee?” to Lord Byron declaring…

Poet

Jane McKie

B. 1967

8 poems available

'Must this be a woman's cross? This dissonance between what 'seems' and what 'is?' - Jane McKie, 'Change, Continuous Change'

Poet

3 poems available

His sure hand is apparent in every line: syntax and pulse in the service of experience. -- August Kleinzahler

Poet

Harry Guest

B. 1932 D. 2021

6 poems available

Poems full of light and colour, sensuality and serenity. -- Joan Bakewell

Poet

7 poems available

A unique and extraordinary body of work. -- Frances Leviston

Poet

5 poems available

Strands of autobiography, a deeply sensuous ecology of place, historical narratives; the inner world of imagination and the often difficult realities of the postcolonial nation are interwoven in McWatt's bold but carefully worked out architecture. Peepal Tree

Poet

Helen Mort

B. 1985

4 poems available

I'm drawn to what you might think of as traditional lyric poetry; it's an enduring, effective, powerful means of expression.

Poet

3 poems available

Poetry is a form of embodiment - Christian Campbell

Poet

7 poems available

All this was water / in the beginning. Between / us are our legends - 'Chrysanthemum', Diana Bridge

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