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B. 1818 D. 1848
Vain are the thousand creeds / That move men's hearts... Emily Bronte
It's an existential act, it's vocational, a necessity, a way of working things out.
Writing that is full of remarkable, concentrated and pungent images - The Sunday Times
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
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
...if poetry is a method of approaching truths, and each of us with a human soul and 'a tongue in oor heids' can make an approach toward a truth, poetry is inherently democratic. - Kathleen Jamie
Go for it, petal. Nothing's as real as what you write. (from Writing to Onegin, Ruth Padel)
What happens with me is quite often I start with a memory, mix it with observations of people I know and then mix in a bit of 'What if...?' - Michael Rosen