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“Olds writes “poetry more faithful to the felt truth of reality than any prose could be.” – Richard Wakefield.
A haunting music full of subtlety of thought and religious echoes. -- Charles Bainbridge, The Guardian
The balance of passion and poise is a constant tension in Davis's work - PN Review
How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney
B. 1825 D. 1864
While he is at rest, I am cursed still to live:- even Death loved him the best. - Adelaide Anne Procter 'Envy'
B. 1819 D. 1892
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. - Walt Whitman 'Dirge For Two Veterans'
B. 1844 D. 1930
When men were all asleep the snow came flying, in large white flakes falling on the city brown. - Robert Bridges 'London Snow'
B. 1869 D. 1928
A frail, dead, new-born lamb, ghostly and pitiful and white a blot upon the night, the moon's dropped child! - Charlotte Mew, 'Fame'
B. 1731 D. 1800
Here lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue, nor swifter greyhound follow, whose foot ne'er tainted morning dew, nor ear heard huntsman's halloo'. - William Cowper 'Epitaph on a hare'