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B. 1932 D. 2021
Poems full of light and colour, sensuality and serenity. -- Joan Bakewell
Strands of autobiography, a deeply sensuous ecology of place, historical narratives; the inner world of imagination and the often difficult realities of the postcolonial nation are interwoven in McWatt's bold but carefully worked out architecture. Peepal Tree
I'm drawn to what you might think of as traditional lyric poetry; it's an enduring, effective, powerful means of expression.
All this was water / in the beginning. Between / us are our legends - 'Chrysanthemum', Diana Bridge
From the skein of the water, / from the yaffle's unshared joke, / or the robin of the bush, / tilted in attendance / on the air: from each / contingency that gives / love its bearings. - from 'Not at the eleventh hour'
Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks
B. 1930 D. 2009
John Fairfax's poems return us to the important sources: spells they braid linger and haunt like sweetness of a wood after rain. - Adam Thorpe
We've all led raucous lives,/ some of them inside, some of them out./ But only the poem you leave behind is what's important. Charles Wright (from 'Littlefoot')
Her scary, unsettling voice seems unexpected in poetry. It cuts her free of the crowd - The Times
An exciting new voice ... his poems are carefully crafted and have a catholic appeal ... there is something painterly in how Brandon guides you through his work, like a diagonal guiding the eye. - Poetry London