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Tempest has forged her own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world. The Independent
'here I am, on the edge of animation, / a dream, a dance, a fantastic construction'. Moniza Alvi
We are born to bring light / To honour the blessing of each moment / The gift of every life - Malika Ndlovu
B. 1859 D. 1936
The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our story-book.
B. 1743 D. 1825
Woman! too long degraded, scorned, opprest; / O born to rule in partial Law's despite, / Resume thy native empire o'er the breast! ? Anna Laetitia Barbauld, 'The Rights of Women'
...the popular music of Jamaica, the music of the people, is an essentially experiential music... the music reflects the historical experience. - Linton Kwesi Johnson
How you became a poet's a mystery! / Where did you get your talent from? / I say: I had two uncles, Joe and Harry - / one was a stammerer, the other dumb.- 'Heredity', Tony Harrison
B. 1929 D. 2004
It is not so difficult to kindle the poetic fire in the first place as to keep it going, hot and bright, through a whole lifetime. - Thom Gunn