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Thom Gunn

B. 1929 D. 2004

3 poems available

It is not so difficult to kindle the poetic fire in the first place as to keep it going, hot and bright, through a whole lifetime. - Thom Gunn

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Roald Dahl

B. 1916 D. 1990

1 poem available

A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men. - 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory', Roald Dahl

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6 poems available

I would say that the poem exists in a space somewhere between the reader and the author, and in a sense belongs to neither, and both. - Don Paterson

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John Heath Stubbs

B. 1918 D. 2006

6 poems available

Wayfarer, pause. Although you may not see,/Earth's bright children, herbs and flowers, are here:/It is their small essential souls that greet you, - 'Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind', John Heath-Stubbs

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In my poetry I give primacy to the breath. For me it is the way the poem breathes that gives it form. - Penelope Shuttle

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I want that next poem. To get it I'll shed my skin, I'll lose my name, pretend I have no history, be history's fool, become elemental, all of these, none of these. - Fred D'Aguiar

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Duplo City - Richard Harrison
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Ravendean Burn - Valerie Gillies
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Some Very Curious Plants - Jane McKie
The Mighty Dead
The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd - Walter Raleigh - Read by Andrew Motion
The Mighty Dead
On being brought from Africa to America - Phyllis Wheatley - Read by Mary Jo Salter
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Unity - Selina Tusitala Marsh
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