Not sure where to start? Who to listen to? What to read? The links below will help you - simply search below using names or key words to explore all our poetry recordings, texts, interviews and a huge range of other materials.
Search & Filter
'pizzazz, wit and - astonishing at his age - both technical assurance and a genuinely integrated humanity' -- Fiona Sampson
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Not poems of investigation, but poems of indignation ... Marsh finds self-fulfillment in the act of speaking for the Pacific culture and its inhabitants - Poetry Salzburg Review
Sparkling poems full of sensuous richness and linguistic inventiveness - Edwin Morgan
There's something in me that insists it sings / Freely, for nothing, the lovely, lonely art / Called poetry, an art you understand. (from 'Venezuela' by Douglas Dunn)
the irresistible clarity of images [are] so right they deliver an almost physical connection, joining poem and reader as her swifts do, 'fluid, / workmanlike, fixing rips in the sky'. ? Sarah Crown, Guardian
B. 1854 D. 1900
He looked upon the garish day with such a wistful eye; the man had killed the thing he loved, and so he had to die. - Oscar Wilde 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'
No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit - Les Murray
B. 1561 D. 1595
As I in hoary winter's night stood shivering in the snow. - Robert Southwell 'The Burning Babe'
'One of our finest poets of thwarted or impossible love' - Adam Thorpe, the Guardian
Rest on memory's sea-bed: we will swim down to thee. - Andrew Johnston, 'The Sunflower'
B. 1899 D. 1979
A poem may be an instance of morality, of social conditions, of psychological history; it may instance all its qualities, but never one of them alone, nor any two or three; never less than all. Allen Tate
E A Markham
B. 1939 D. 2008
Markham is tireless in his resistance to orthodoxy, whether artistic, cultural or political. He speaks as he finds, in multiple, unpredictable voices. (Sean O'Brien)