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B. 1921 D. 2017
Allen writes poetry that is limpid, very subtle and marvellously wise. - William Boyd
B. 1927 D. 2017
For me, poetry is very much the time that it takes to unroll, the way music does...it's not a static, contemplatable thing like a painting or a piece of sculpture. - John Ashbery
Resonant and lyrical, linguistically precise and emotionally evasive, often at the same time - The Guardian
B. 1743 D. 1825
Woman! too long degraded, scorned, opprest; / O born to rule in partial Law's despite, / Resume thy native empire o'er the breast! Anna Laetitia Barbauld, 'The Rights of Women'
B. 1612 D. 1672
All things within this fading world hath end. ('Before the Birth of One of Her Children')
Alison Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet. Gillian Clark
Her quietly assured verse demonstrates its real sophistication in the intelligence of its commentary. To put it another way, she says such interesting things that you want to know what comes next. - Independent
B. 1922 D. 2022
She deserves unequivocal recognition as one of Wales's foremost English-language poets of the last half-century. - Matthew Jarvis
All this was water / in the beginning. Between / us are our legends - 'Chrysanthemum', Diana Bridge