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B. 1930 D. 2020
His technique dazzles, and through the handling of rhythm and image he makes the world his own, and ours - The Sunday Times
I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi
Syntactically complex, discursive, lyrically rich, yet threaded through with a demotic swagger - Gerard Woodward
I defy anyone to listen to a performance of his poetry and not come away uplifted - Poetry Review
I go to the rockpool at the slack of tide/ to mind me what my poetry's for. - Jen Hadfield from 'Daed-traa'.
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly