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Dorothea Smartt reveals a poetic intelligence and maturity of form and content which definitely locates her among the best of her generation of poets. - Carol Boyce Davies
Are words no more than waving, wavering flags? - 'The right word', Imtiaz Dharker
Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini. Paul Muldoon.
His poems are made from his life with his life; his poems are earned. He dares to be simple. And he is surely among the finest young poets alive. - The American Poetry Review
B. 1900 D. 1985
Compose aloud; poetry is sound. - Advice to young poets, Basil Bunting
B. 1922 D. 1985
I'd like to think...that people in pubs would talk about my poems. - Larkin to his publisher
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
B. 1939 D. 2013
And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney
Poetry's only obligation is to the truth. Whether this truth is widely popular or not is irrelevant. It should be the best truth possible and that is the only quality that gives it any hope of survival. - George Szirtes