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Poetry Archive Now

by Akpa Arinzechukwu

Poetry Archive Now
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Rainforest in the Sleep Room - Pascale Petit
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by Nairn Kennedy

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Derek Walcott

B. 1930 D. 2017

2 poems available

“What's poetry, if it's worth its salt, / but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?”

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Portrait - Ella Duffy
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Aubade with Burning City - Ocean Vuong
Special Collection

The Poetry Archive’s World War Poetry Showcase is based on the collection put together for our national poetry recitation competition, Poetry by Heart, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Of course, there are plenty of anthologies…

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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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4 poems available

A poet of rare lyric intensity - Oxford Companion to English Literature

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Henry Vaughan

B. 1621 D. 1625

2 poems available

Dear beauteous Death! the jewel of the just...

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6 poems available

pared-down precision and scorching intensity - Helen Dunmore

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