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Poetry is our human love of metaphor. We see one thing and think something else - 'Travels in Peru', Geoffrey Lehmann
B. 1793 D. 1864
If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs?. John Clare
The kind of poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent - The Times
Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini. Paul Muldoon.
Bird's is a poetry of ideas, but unexpected, often extraordinary ones - Times Literary Supplement
I try to honor my reader's patience and generosity by presenting what I have to say as clearly and succinctly as possible. - Ted Kooser
B. 1936 D. 2021
A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly