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6 poems available

I would have words as tenacious as mules/ to bear us, sure-footed/ up the mountain of night... from 'Elemental' by Edward Baugh

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2 poems available

Particles of observation, incomplete phrases and strange juxtapositions seem welded by some hidden charge into a power of feeling. - John Powell Ward

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Sylvia Townsend Warner

B. 1893 D. 1978

This marvellous book has exceeded my expectations...it displays admirable craftsmanship, a subtle, musical ear and immense variety. John Mole on the Collected Poems of Sylvia Townsend Warner, South West Review

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Mick Imlah

B. 1956 D. 2009

1 poem available

A poet of striking originality and cunning, a genuinely distinctive voice in the murmur and babble of the contemporary - Neil Corcoran

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4 poems available

This is where I come from if it's true / to say I come from somewhere not just / anywhere south of the imagination - David Musgrave, from 'Lagoon'

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I shall try to do likewise, / Determined to go beyond tears, / in the memory of being happy. - Gary Langford, 'Determined Thought'

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The combination of satiric spirit and exuberant style - half appalled, half-enchanted - is the outstanding characteristic of burns's poetry - Australian Book Review

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Elizabeth Bishop

B. 1911 D. 1979

4 poems available

All her poems have written underneath - 'I have seen it.' - Randall Jarrell

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5 poems available

I write poems to wake myself up, or to preserve a suddenly lit, awakened state...It's not nice dreams I'm yearning for; it's true dreams. - Heather McHugh

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Edwin Brock

B. 1927 D. 1997

2 poems available

The kind of poetry that excites me is the kind that comes closest to direct communication, the kind of communication that one can sometimes feel without words in a look or a gesture. - Edwin Brock

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Sylvia Plath

B. 1932 D. 1963

The blood jet is poetry,/ There is no stopping it. - 'Kindness', Sylvia Plath (written 1st February 1963)

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4 poems available

Billy Collins writes lovely poems...limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides. - John Updike

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