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Parasites - Keith Jarrett
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…


Hone Tuwhare

B. 1922 D. 2008

8 poems available

Gissa smile Sun, giss yr best / good mawnin' one, fresh 'n cool like - 'Sun O (2)', Hone Tuwhare


4 poems available

I don't want to be one of those ivory tower writers; I want to affect people's lives.


7 poems available

Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks

The Mighty Dead

Home Thoughts, from Abroad

Read by Anthony Thwaite
Home Thoughts, from Abroad - Robert Browning - Read by Anthony Thwaite
On Not Writing As A West Indian Woman - Vahni Capildeo
Sunday Ritual - Tanya Shirley
Connecting Medium II - Dorothea Smartt