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Harry Guest

B. 1932 D. 2021

6 poems available

Poems full of light and colour, sensuality and serenity. -- Joan Bakewell

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A unique and extraordinary body of work. -- Frances Leviston

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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

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Helen Mort

B. 1985

5 poems available

I'm drawn to what you might think of as traditional lyric poetry; it's an enduring, effective, powerful means of expression.

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Poetry is a form of embodiment - Christian Campbell

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All this was water / in the beginning. Between / us are our legends - 'Chrysanthemum', Diana Bridge

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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'

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Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks

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John Fairfax

B. 1930 D. 2009

5 poems available

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

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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')

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Her scary, unsettling voice seems unexpected in poetry. It cuts her free of the crowd - The Times

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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

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