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B. 1930 D. 2019
People do seem to need poetry; it makes our ordinary life feel richer. - Elaine Feinstein
B. 1932 D. 2018
Why are we frightened of the word for love? - 'Language teaching: naming', Jenny Joseph
Go for it, petal. Nothing's as real as what you write. (from Writing to Onegin, Ruth Padel)
B. 1921 D. 2017
Not a graceful mind... a mind of grace, an altogether different and higher thing - Theodore Roethke
The poet shouldn't draw attention to his stylistic self; the poem should be a lens through which something crucial is seen. - Peter Dale
Who anyone is or I am is nothing to the work. (Denise Riley, from 'Dark Looks')
All my poems are intended to be heard out loud. They are an attempt to manifest something: not to 'describe' or 'invoke' it, but actually to bring it before the listener.
B. 1933 D. 2020
She is wise without portentousness, her technique faultless and her imagination fiery, political and fresh - Carol Rumens, The Independent.
not a thing no one will stop me I've got to go / down to the wild sea - 'Sea Wind', Tom Paulin