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7 poems available

I take what the world throws at me, and spin, twist, skim, fly, flip, throw it back - Selima Hill

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Charles Brasch

B. 1909 D. 1973

2 poems available

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

Poet

Edgell Rickword

B. 1898 D. 1982

4 poems available

The best English poet between Eliot and Empson. - The Times Literary Supplement

Poet

7 poems available

Intimates' faces up to life at every turn. It celebrates, it laments, it answers back. David Constantine.

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Dan Burt

B. 1942

4 poems available

The verse flexes muscle after muscle...The writing...can hover and dance. It has genuine grace. - George Szirtes

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Laurie Lee

B. 1914 D. 1997

2 poems available

It was a world that I wanted to record because it was such a miracle visitation to me. - Laurie Lee

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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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Allen Ginsberg

B. 1926 D. 1997

I'm a stenographer of my mind. I write down what passes through it, not what goes on around me. I'm a poet. - Allen Ginsberg

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Dustie-Fute - David Kinloch
Poem
Nude in Bathtub - Sue Hubbard
The Mighty Dead
Sonnet 20: A woman’s face - William Shakespeare - Read by James Fenton
The Mighty Dead
They flee from me that sometime did me seek - Thomas Wyatt - Read by Helen Dunmore
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