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Walt Whitman

B. 1819 D. 1892

3 poems available

And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. - Walt Whitman 'Dirge For Two Veterans'

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Mary Leapor

B. 1722 D. 1746

1 poem available

With walking sick, with curtseys lame, and frighted by the scolding dame, poor Mira once again is seen within the bounds of Goslin-Green. - Mary Leapor 'The Visit'

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8 poems available

If death still comes / we'll strike a pose / and hold our breath / until he goes - Kevin Ireland

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Philip Levine

B. 1934 D. 2015

5 poems available

A large, ironic Whitman of the industrial heartland - Edward Hirsch

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5 poems available

I suppose what I really like is to set up a system which looks wonderfully secure when you first encounter it on the page, but within the framework there are crazy things which tip the reader off-balance. - Bill Manhire

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13 poems available

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

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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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An Author’s Lament - Alasdair Gray
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Nice Has Become a Suburb of Edinburgh - Ron Butlin
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Marechiare - Alan Brownjohn
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from Fresh Water – Port Meadow – Dragonflies - David Morley
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A Friendship - Connie Bensley
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