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How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney
...You no longer /Want to seem what you are, but something /Harmless and familiar: in a landscape/Given to greenness and the cold pastels /Of stubble and field stone... David Wagoner from 'The Principles of Concealment.'
B. 1952 D. 2017
In these times, we should be glad of this voice. - Kate Clanchy, The Guardian
The poem might be our only evidence that an event has occurred: it exists for us as the sole trace of an occurrence. - Carolyn Forche
His poems are made from his life with his life; his poems are earned. He dares to be simple. And he is surely among the finest young poets alive. - The American Poetry Review
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. 1895 D. 1985
Logical argument is what destroys poetry because poetry is beyond logic. - Robert Graves
B. 1809 D. 1892
Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change. - 'Locksley Hall', Alfred Tennyson