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Alastair Reid

B. 1926 D. 2014

4 poems available

I travelled, however, mainly to find places to come to rest in, places to write in, oases.

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4 poems available

Among the finest of our poets. - Melvyn Bragg

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6 poems available

Poetry, above all, is a series of intense moments - its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing with emotion. Carol Ann Duffy

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W. S. Graham

B. 1918 D. 1986

3 poems available

Have I not been trying to use the obstacle/Of language well? - 'Malcolm Mooney's Land', W. S. Graham

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6 poems available

We are drawn to edges, to our own/parapets and sea-walls: - 'Apart', Robin Robertson

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Jackie Kay

B. 1961

7 poems available

A poem is a little moment of belief. - Jackie Kay

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5 poems available

I would say that the poem exists in a space somewhere between the reader and the author, and in a sense belongs to neither, and both. - Don Paterson

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Edwin Morgan

B. 1920 D. 2010

4 poems available

the most dynamic, brilliant, free-wheeling poet around, endlessly accessible and inventive - The Scotsman

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3 poems available

Our response to the world is essentially one of wonder, of confronting the mysterious with a sense, not of being small, or insignificant, but of being part of a rich and complex narrative. From 'Strong Words', John Burnside

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George Mackay Brown

B. 1921 D. 1996

5 poems available

The essence of Orkney's magic is silence, loneliness and the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light. - George Mackay Brown

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Hugh MacDiarmid

B. 1892 D. 1978

1 poem available

I'll hae nae hauf-way hoose, but aye be whaur/Extremes meet. - Hugh MacDiarmid

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18 poems available

...if poetry is a method of approaching truths, and each of us with a human soul and 'a tongue in oor heids' can make an approach toward a truth, poetry is inherently democratic. - Kathleen Jamie

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