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Tempest has forged her own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world. The Independent
B. 1564 D. 1616
The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to Earth, from Earth to heaven; and as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shape.? William Shakespeare
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'
If death still comes / we'll strike a pose / and hold our breath / until he goes - Kevin Ireland
How easy it is to do something / different, how hard to do / it better, is the message I get / as I hear the tyres purr - 'Training on the Peninsula', Brian Turner
Linda Gregg brings us back to poetry...She is original and mysterious, one of the best poets in America. Gerald Stern
I would have words as tenacious as mules/ to bear us, sure-footed/ up the mountain of night... from 'Elemental' by Edward Baugh
B. 1934 D. 2014
Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure. Mark Strand