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Tempest has forged her own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world. The Independent
Rich and fierce, Sarah Howe's poems are alive to the complex stories and voices that cohere around objects, family and place. . . surprising and moving. . . - EDMUND DE WAAL
I believe that in all diverse forms of artistic expression across all countries, there are some sensitivities in common. Esther Phillips
B. 1916 D. 1995
The most remarkable phenomenon of the English poetic scene ... has been the advent, or perhaps I should say the irruption, of Gavin Ewart - Philip Larkin.
B. 1878 D. 1917
The simple lack / Of her is more to me / Than others' presence. Edward Thomas, 'The Unknown'
In the face of loss - human, natural, temporal - McQueen finds salvation in language. Often her work is about artistic endeavour itself: the desire to freeze time, the realisation that this is impossible - Sarah Quigley
B. 1770 D. 1850
The eye, it cannot choose but see; / We cannot bid the ear be still; / Our bodies feel, where'er they be, / Against or with our will. Wordsworth, 'Expostulation and Reply'
B. 1939 D. 2019
“The poet is a lifer. Anyone who gets into the game will soon start wishing that there was a version of it with lower stakes, but there isn't.”
My poems are the product of a relationship between a side of my mind which is conscious, alert, educated and manipulative, and a side which is as murky as a primaeval swamp. - Andrew Motion