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“Olds writes “poetry more faithful to the felt truth of reality than any prose could be.” – Richard Wakefield.
These hands have Moulded monuments, created crafts, healed hearts. Khosi Xaba, from 'These Hands'
The balance of passion and poise is a constant tension in Davis's work - PN Review
I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi
Poetry so unsettling, describing worlds so troubling and lonely, is seldom as funny, clever, and downright charming as Jane Yeh's. - Aingeal Clare
B. 1850 D. 1894
All that was good, all that was fair, all that was me is gone. - Robert Louis Stevenson 'Sing Me A Song of A Lad That Is Gone'
B. 1868 D. 1963
I am the Smoke King. I am black! I am swinging in the sky, I am wringing worlds awry. - W. E. B. DuBois - 'The Song of The Smoke'
B. 1871 D. 1940
And I could see that child's one eye which seemed to laugh, and say with glee: 'what caused my death you'll never know, perhaps my mother murdered me.' - W.H. Davies - 'The Inquest'