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2 poems available

Alice Oswald throws the windows of the imagination open; she places a fingertip on the pulse of tradition, and proves it is still very much alive - The Times

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6 poems available

Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks

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John Agard

B. 1949

4 poems available

His poems are direct and arresting, playful, full of startling imagery, and are hilarious, passionate and erotic as often as they are political - often managing to be all these things at once - Maura Dooley

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3 poems available

...the popular music of Jamaica, the music of the people, is an essentially experiential music... the music reflects the historical experience. - Linton Kwesi Johnson

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Pam Ayres

B. 1947

4 poems available

Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. - Sunday Times

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4 poems available

Billy Collins writes lovely poems...limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides. - John Updike

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Wendy Cope

B. 1945

14 poems available

A jet-age Tennyson - London Review of Books

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John Betjeman

B. 1906 D. 1984

2 poems available

Now if the harvest is over / And the world cold / Give me the bonus of laughter / As I lose hold. - 'A Nip in the Air', John Betjeman

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Adrian Mitchell

B. 1932 D. 2008

6 poems available

A voice as welcome as Lear's fool... Humour that can stick deep and stay funny. - Ted Hughes

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Biography - Alasdair Gray
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Shakespeare at School - Wendy Cope
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Men Talking - Wendy Cope
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