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Dorothea Smartt reveals a poetic intelligence and maturity of form and content which definitely locates her among the best of her generation of poets. - Carol Boyce Davies

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5 poems available

Are words no more than waving, wavering flags? - 'The right word', Imtiaz Dharker

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Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini. Paul Muldoon.

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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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Basil Bunting

B. 1900 D. 1985

2 poems available

Compose aloud; poetry is sound. - Advice to young poets, Basil Bunting

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Philip Larkin

B. 1922 D. 1985

3 poems available

I'd like to think...that people in pubs would talk about my poems. - Larkin to his publisher

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Samuel Menashe

B. 1925 D. 2011

10 poems available

O Many Named Beloved / Listen to my praise - 'O Many Named Beloved', Samuel Menashe

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

4 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney

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5 poems available

Poetry's only obligation is to the truth. Whether this truth is widely popular or not is irrelevant. It should be the best truth possible and that is the only quality that gives it any hope of survival. - George Szirtes

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Jean Binta Breeze

B. 1956 D. 2021

4 poems available

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

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9 poems available

We were testing the range of the human voice - 'The Shout', Simon Armitage

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