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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

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

Poet

6 poems available

Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet

7 poems available

From the skein of the water, / from the yaffle's unshared joke, / or the robin of the bush, / tilted in attendance / on the air: from each / contingency that gives / love its bearings. - from 'Not at the eleventh hour'

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We've all led raucous lives,/ some of them inside, some of them out./ But only the poem you leave behind is what's important. Charles Wright (from 'Littlefoot')

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