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How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney
Beautiful Girls is not a book for the faint-hearted: it will survive as testament to poetry's force in overcoming - Chris McCabe
B. 1861 D. 1889
Dear Friend, you must not deem me light if, as I lie and muse to-night, I give a smile and not a sigh to thoughts of our Philosophy. - Amy Levy, 'Philosophy'
B. 1871 D. 1940
And I could see that child's one eye which seemed to laugh, and say with glee: 'what caused my death you'll never know, perhaps my mother murdered me.' - W.H. Davies - 'The Inquest'
B. 1869 D. 1928
A frail, dead, new-born lamb, ghostly and pitiful and white a blot upon the night, the moon's dropped child! - Charlotte Mew, 'Fame'
B. 1757 D. 1800
Oh! let each mental feature proclaim the labour of the mind, and leave your charms to NATURE. - Mary Robinson, 'Female Fashions For 1799'
B. 1890 D. 1918
My days are but the tombs of buried hours; / Which tombs are hidden in the piled years; / But from the mounds there spring up many flowers, / Whose beauty well repays their cost of tears. Isaac Rosenberg, 'My Days'
No matter how compelling her themes, with their demands of compassion and political conscience, Satyamurti never loses hold of her main topic: the capacity of language. Bernard O'Donoghue, Poetry London
B. 1612 D. 1672
All things within this fading world hath end. ('Before the Birth of One of Her Children')
My goal is to combine the confessionalism of the Alvarez era with the modernist panache of the Forties poets I admire. Todd Swift
Poets can learn a lot from the timing of the best comics: pacing, economy, judiciousness, silence, rhythm, reward.