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


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

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“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…

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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…


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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


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.


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


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Poetry is a way of living...a human activity like baking bread or playing basketball. - Robert Hass


Adrian Henri

B. 1932 D. 2000

2 poems available

If you think you can do it and you want to do it - then do it. - Adrian Henri


Langston Hughes

B. 1902 D. 1967

1 poem available

I, too, sing America. - 'I, Too', Langston Hughes


Charles Causley

B. 1917 D. 2003

6 poems available

If I didn't write poetry I think I'd explode. - Charles Causley

A Sight for Sore Eyes - Allen Curnow