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In the face of loss - human, natural, temporal - McQueen finds salvation in language. Often her work is about artistic endeavour itself: the desire to freeze time, the realisation that this is impossible - Sarah Quigley
B. 1916 D. 1995
The most remarkable phenomenon of the English poetic scene ... has been the advent, or perhaps I should say the irruption, of Gavin Ewart - Philip Larkin.
B. 1878 D. 1917
The simple lack / Of her is more to me / Than others' presence. Edward Thomas, 'The Unknown'
B. 1770 D. 1850
The eye, it cannot choose but see; / We cannot bid the ear be still; / Our bodies feel, where'er they be, / Against or with our will. Wordsworth, 'Expostulation and Reply'
All this was water / in the beginning. Between / us are our legends - 'Chrysanthemum', Diana Bridge
B. 1905 D. 2006
You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin. Stanley Kunitz.
We've all led raucous lives,/ some of them inside, some of them out./ But only the poem you leave behind is what's important. Charles Wright (from 'Littlefoot')
Her poems are voyages of discovery. Literally. Over and over she writes about the journeys, physical and metaphysical, that are transformative experiences - Sarah Maguire, Poetry Review
B. 1921 D. 2017
Allen writes poetry that is limpid, very subtle and marvellously wise. - William Boyd
B. 1939 D. 2019
“The poet is a lifer. Anyone who gets into the game will soon start wishing that there was a version of it with lower stakes, but there isn't.”