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Alice Oswald throws the windows of the imagination open; she places a fingertip on the pulse of tradition, and proves it is still very much alive - The Times

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6 poems available

Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks

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6 poems available

Sitting around an old table/they drew lines across the map/dividing the place/I would call my country. Choman Hardi 'Lausanne, 1923'

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Kei Miller

B. 1978

3 poems available

...and the poem will not care that some walk past/afraid of the words we try out on our tongues/ hoping this finally is the language of God, /that he might hear it and respond. Kei Miller, from 'Speaking in Tongues'.

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4 poems available

His poems are made from his life with his life; his poems are earned. He dares to be simple. And he is surely among the finest young poets alive. - The American Poetry Review

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Austin Clarke

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

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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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4 poems available

wen yuh see she walk//holdin freedom water//balance pon she head - 'caribbean woman', Jean 'Binta' Breeze

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Charles Causley

B. 1917 D. 2003

6 poems available

If I didn't write poetry I think I'd explode. - Charles Causley

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Adrian Mitchell

B. 1932 D. 2008

6 poems available

A voice as welcome as Lear's fool... Humour that can stick deep and stay funny. - Ted Hughes

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4 poems available

Who anyone is or I am is nothing to the work. (Denise Riley, from 'Dark Looks')

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5 poems available

In his range, prodigious northern myth-making, indefatigable good humour, and real status as a community poet, he is unique. - Peter Forbes

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