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B. 1934 D. 2019
Work as if you live in the early days of a better world -- Alasdair Gray via Dennis Lee
Ron Butlin is that rare breed - a poet who takes the novel form and shows it is ripe for reinvention. Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality. - Ian Rankin
The balance of passion and poise is a constant tension in Davis's work - PN Review
His keen observation invokes an expanded cognition and a braver engagement with one's personhood. -- Liesl Jobson
B. 1722 D. 1771
For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him. - Christopher Smart 'My cat Jeoffrey'
B. 1709 D. 1784
Condemn'd to hope's delusive mine, as on we toil from day to day, by sudden blasts, or slow decline, our social comforts drop away. - Samuel Johnson 'On the death of Dr Robert Levet'
Thomas Love Peacock
B. 1785 D. 1866
Ednyfed, king of Dyfed, his head was borne before us; his wine and beasts supplied our feasts, and his overthrow, our chorus. - Thomas Love Peacock 'The war song of Dinas Vawr'
B. 1667 D. 1745
How very mean a thing is a Duke; From all his ill-got honours flung, turned to that dirt from whence he sprung. - Jonathan Swift 'A satirical elegy on the death of a late famous general'