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Celebrate common humanity, diverse cultures and the importance of poetry in the arts. We’ve put together a collection of recordings which travel widely across continents, histories, and languages. Together they demonstrate the amazing poetic talent drawn from international backgrounds which the Poetry Archive is proud to have in our keeping.

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7 poems available

What thou lovest well remains, / the rest is dross / What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee / What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage -- Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI

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Anna Crowe

B. 1945

5 poems available

There's something in me that insists it sings / Freely, for nothing, the lovely, lonely art / Called poetry, an art you understand. (from 'Venezuela' by Douglas Dunn)

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5 poems available

A poet confident in her mastery of the medium -- J.M. Coetzee

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C. H. Sisson

B. 1914 D. 2003

4 poems available

The last English modernist ? Guardian

Poet

5 poems available

S. J. Fowler's poems deal with disjunctions and interjections. They present us with a world that moves fast and often violently, where the lyrical impulse flowers, breaks and flowers again, too briefly to assert its full syntactic argument....Fowler's poetics are an open space packed with brilliant intensities. George Szirtes

Poet

1 poem available

Schimke's poetry whispers, hollers, moans, bends and extends unexpectedly and beyond expectation - Malika Ndlovu

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Brian Johnstone

B. 1950 D. 2021

3 poems available

A mature, considered voice - Kathleen Jamie

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C. P. Cavafy

B. 1863 D. 1933

1 poem available

As one long prepared, and graced with courage, say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving. - C.P. Cavafy 'The God Abandons Antony'

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Samuel Johnson

B. 1709 D. 1784

1 poem available

Condemn'd to hope's delusive mine, as on we toil from day to day, by sudden blasts, or slow decline, our social comforts drop away. - Samuel Johnson 'On the death of Dr Robert Levet'

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Joanna Baillie

B. 1762 D. 1851

1 poem available

Go to thy little senseless play; thou dost not heed my lay. - Joanna Baillie 'A Mother To Her Waking Infant'

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Robert Southey

B. 1774 D. 1843

1 poem available

Why that I cannot tell, said he, "But 'twas a famous victory." - Robert Southey, 'After Blenheim'

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