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Philip Larkin

B. 1922 D. 1985

3 poems available

I'd like to think...that people in pubs would talk about my poems. - Larkin to his publisher

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Ted Hughes

B. 1930 D. 1998

3 poems available

Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential, as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods. - Ted Hughes

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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5 poems available

Come close the flower says and we come close, / close enough to lift, cup and smell the rose - 'Come Close', Mimi Khalvati

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Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

4 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney

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Ian Duhig

B. 1954

5 poems available

I do mock literature and take it seriously at the same time, but anyone who is passionately attached to a football team will have similar mixed feelings - Ian Duhig

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18 poems available

What happens with me is quite often I start with a memory, mix it with observations of people I know and then mix in a bit of 'What if...?' - Michael Rosen

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Allen Curnow

B. 1911 D. 2001

3 poems available

All poems are rash acts. - Allen Curnow

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Wedding in Stobo Kirk - Valerie Gillies
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Cody Dancing - Valerie Gillies
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Louise Brooks - Tracey Herd
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Wild nights – Wild nights!

Read by Mary Jo Salter

Wild nights – Wild nights! - Emily Dickinson - Read by Mary Jo Salter
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