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

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How you became a poet's a mystery! / Where did you get your talent from? / I say: I had two uncles, Joe and Harry - / one was a stammerer, the other dumb.- 'Heredity', Tony Harrison

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Where is the spirit that touched the hearts / Lightly - chameleon colours of home? - 'Visiting Zomba Plateau', Jack Mapanje

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...in a good poem the poet disappears. That's what the struggle with language is all about. The point is that in the finished poem you don't lay yourself bare. You create a strongbox of words. - Vicki Feaver

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My Last Duchess

Read by Anthony Thwaite

My Last Duchess - Robert Browning - Read by Anthony Thwaite
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Portrait of My Lover as a Dress - Selima Hill
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Portrait of My Lover as a Spoon - Selima Hill
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Cinderella - M. K. Joseph
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Girl, Boy, Flower, Bicycle - M. K. Joseph
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