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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
Sitting around an old table/they drew lines across the map/dividing the place/I would call my country. Choman Hardi 'Lausanne, 1923'
I defy anyone to listen to a performance of his poetry and not come away uplifted - Poetry Review
Bird's is a poetry of ideas, but unexpected, often extraordinary ones - Times Literary Supplement
I go to the rockpool at the slack of tide/ to mind me what my poetry's for. - Jen Hadfield from 'Daed-traa'.
B. 1897 D. 1970
Louise Bogan's art is compactness compacted. Emotion with her, as she has said of certain fiction, is 'itself form, the kernel which builds outward form from inward intensity.' Marianne Moore
My father could only sign/His name, but he'd look at blueprints/& say how many bricks/ Formed each wall - My Father's Letters, Yusef Komunyakaa
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney