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B. 1956 D. 2009
A poet of striking originality and cunning, a genuinely distinctive voice in the murmur and babble of the contemporary - Neil Corcoran
I go to the rockpool at the slack of tide/ to mind me what my poetry's for. - Jen Hadfield from 'Daed-traa'.
I suppose what I really like is to set up a system which looks wonderfully secure when you first encounter it on the page, but within the framework there are crazy things which tip the reader off-balance. - Bill Manhire
Robert Minhinnick is the leading Welsh poet of his generation. - The Sunday Times
Harsent has an unusual claim to notice: you begin every poem with the certain prospect of pleasure and surprise. - Martin Amis, Observer
Come close the flower says and we come close, / close enough to lift, cup and smell the rose - 'Come Close', Mimi Khalvati
In my poetry I give primacy to the breath. For me it is the way the poem breathes that gives it form. - Penelope Shuttle
The poet shouldn't draw attention to his stylistic self; the poem should be a lens through which something crucial is seen. - Peter Dale
B. 1948 D. 2019
What is / My name? Where am I coming from? Where am I going? A fusillade of question marks. - 'Belfast Confetti', Ciaran Carson
B. 1908 D. 2003
Young or old / What was I but the story told / By an unageing one? (Kathleen Raine, from 'Ah, many, many are the dead...')
not a thing no one will stop me I've got to go / down to the wild sea - 'Sea Wind', Tom Paulin