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These hands have Moulded monuments, created crafts, healed hearts. Khosi Xaba, from 'These Hands'
'here I am, on the edge of animation, / a dream, a dance, a fantastic construction'. Moniza Alvi
B. 1731 D. 1800
Here lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue, nor swifter greyhound follow, whose foot ne'er tainted morning dew, nor ear heard huntsman's halloo'. - William Cowper 'Epitaph on a hare'
Dorothea Smartt reveals a poetic intelligence and maturity of form and content which definitely locates her among the best of her generation of poets. - Carol Boyce Davies
Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks
...and the poem will not care that some walk past/afraid of the words we try out on our tongues/ hoping this finally is the language of God, /that he might hear it and respond. Kei Miller, from 'Speaking in Tongues'.
B. 1917 D. 2000
I know that the Black emphasis must be not against white but FOR Black. . . Gwendolyn Brooks
His poems are made from his life with his life; his poems are earned. He dares to be simple. And he is surely among the finest young poets alive. - The American Poetry Review
B. 1865 D. 1936
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling