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"One of our most promising young talents, Jay Bernard writes powerful and sensuous scenes from the metropolis: a teenager flies like a moth, a woman with scissors sings bees. Disturbing, joyous and always surprising.” – Pascale Petit.

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Aubade with Burning City - Ocean Vuong
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Amaryllis Ode - Sharon Olds
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“Olds writes “poetry more faithful to the felt truth of reality than any prose could be.” – Richard Wakefield.

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A tune that one has once heard and liked [that] seems to haunt the mind and will not be dismissed until entirely mastered.

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These hands have Moulded monuments, created crafts, healed hearts. Khosi Xaba, from 'These Hands'

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'Every time I think a new thought I can smell an old one burning.' Emily Berry

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I understood that my words could be used as a weapon. James Matthews

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Walt Whitman

B. 1819 D. 1892

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

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Hannah More

B. 1745 D. 1833

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That self-same stuff which erst proud empires swayed, of which the conquerers of the world were made. - Hannah More 'Slavery: A Poem'

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

B. 1792 D. 1822

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Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ode to a Skylark'

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I take what the world throws at me, and spin, twist, skim, fly, flip, throw it back - Selima Hill

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