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Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. - Sunday Times
B. 1939 D. 2015
C. K. Williams is a wonderful poet, in the authentic American tradition of Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams, who tells us on every page what it means to be alive in our time. - Stanley Kunitz
B. 1927 D. 1997
The kind of poetry that excites me is the kind that comes closest to direct communication, the kind of communication that one can sometimes feel without words in a look or a gesture. - Edwin Brock
B. 1932 D. 1963
The blood jet is poetry,/ There is no stopping it. - 'Kindness', Sylvia Plath (written 1st February 1963)
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
B. 1924 D. 2008
Hers is a daybook of a night-nurse of the soul - John Mole, 'Encounter'