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Maurice Riordan's patient, contemplative poems of love and memory follow the example of Robert Frost in slowly releasing their reach and complexity while maintaining hailing distance of the proverbial - Sean O'Brien
Through the sparseness and compression, Laird generates a haunting trove of subtle and enriching tonal orchestrations - Alan Gillis
B. 1952 D. 2018
The act of writing is a process of curiosity and discovery, with the unconscious mind leading, and everything focussing on finding the right concrete details. Matthew Sweeney
Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini. Paul Muldoon.
B. 1921 D. 2017
Allen writes poetry that is limpid, very subtle and marvellously wise. - William Boyd
B. 1929 D. 2016
some pure thing, / Some living source, half-imagined and half-real, / Pulses in the fictive water that I feel. - John Montague, 'The Water Carrier'
B. 1896 D. 1974
Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke
B. 1865 D. 1939
For everything that's lovely is / But a brief, dreamy, kind delight. 'Never Give All the Heart', W. B. Yeats
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
B. 1907 D. 1963
The writer today should be not so much the mouthpiece of a community...as its conscience, its critical faculty, its generous instinct. - Louis MacNeice