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Intimates' faces up to life at every turn. It celebrates, it laments, it answers back. David Constantine.
Poems of an alert imagination and a strongly original mind, poems that run along the dangerous edge of things, risky and skilful as an acrobat. - UA Fanthorpe
B. 1897 D. 1970
Louise Bogan's art is compactness compacted. Emotion with her, as she has said of certain fiction, is 'itself form, the kernel which builds outward form from inward intensity.' Marianne Moore
B. 1911 D. 1979
All her poems have written underneath - 'I have seen it.' - Randall Jarrell
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
Finely wrought verse that is tough, but also lyrical. A distinctive new voice - Neil Rollinson
I think so highly of poetry that I've dedicated my life to it. It's the most important thing to me. - Kit Wright
In my poetry I give primacy to the breath. For me it is the way the poem breathes that gives it form. - Penelope Shuttle
A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly
My poems are the product of a relationship between a side of my mind which is conscious, alert, educated and manipulative, and a side which is as murky as a primaeval swamp. - Andrew Motion