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B. 1914 D. 1981
The poem is an object which we make and set down, like an antique torso in an abandoned city, good, self-sufficient, durable, waiting for the people to come back. - M K Joseph
B. 1909 D. 1973
A poem comes to be written ... when a certain phrase occurs to the poet and seems to touch off a whole train of ideas and associations and as it were fuse them together. - Charles Brasch
Jackson manages to seamlessly stitch a domestic world to that of her academic interests ... overlapping wit, humour, borrowings, lyricism and an accessible but surprising voice. - Paula Green
On the shelf, vases, goblets, urns / trailing lines of colour, cloud bowls, / sun, moon and earth for an ashram, / all shining in the incisive morning light - 'Blown Glass', Briar Wood
How easy it is to do something / different, how hard to do / it better, is the message I get / as I hear the tyres purr - 'Training on the Peninsula', Brian Turner
B. 1925 D. 2009
And again I see the long pouring headland, / And smoking coast with the sea high on the rocks, / The gulls flung from the sea, the dark hooded hills / Swarming with mist, and mist low on the sea - Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, 'The Return'
Inside every madeleine, you could say, there is a lamington waiting to come out - Vincent O'Sullivan, from 'On Longing'
I suppose what I really like is to set up a system which looks wonderfully secure when you first encounter it on the page, but within the framework there are crazy things which tip the reader off-balance. - Bill Manhire