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It’s always great to receive flowers but we thought we would do something extra special and send you a lovely Bunch of Poems!

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Charlotte Smith

B. 1749 D. 1806

2 poems available

Ah! why has happiness no second spring? Charlotte Smith

Poet

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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Sarah Maguire

B. 1957 D. 2017

5 poems available

At once catalogues of ordinary, precise vision...and poems of musical and metaphysical ambition, Maguire is the heiress of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Adam Phillips, The Observer

Poet

3 poems available

Robert Minhinnick is the leading Welsh poet of his generation. - The Sunday Times

Poet

9 poems available

But the exact place where the self and the other touch, where there's the possibility of either transformation or stasis...that's the place that interests me most. - Jo Shapcott

Poet

13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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Jenny Joseph

B. 1932 D. 2018

4 poems available

Why are we frightened of the word for love? - 'Language teaching: naming', Jenny Joseph

Poet

18 poems available

What happens with me is quite often I start with a memory, mix it with observations of people I know and then mix in a bit of 'What if...?' - Michael Rosen

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Kathleen Raine

B. 1908 D. 2003

4 poems available

Young or old / What was I but the story told / By an unageing one? (Kathleen Raine, from 'Ah, many, many are the dead...')

The Mighty Dead
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d - Walt Whitman - Read by David Yezzi
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From ‘Figure in a Landscape’ (5) - Anna Crowe
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