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William Blake

B. 1757 D. 1827

5 poems available

The imagination is not a State: it is the Human existence itself. William Blake

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I am a desperate man who demands to connect...who denounces the dullness of money and status...who will not bow down to acolayed or success - 'i am the strange hero of hunger', Billy Childish

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4 poems available

This is work you can't ignore - raw, reckless and more bloody-minded than an older, so-called wiser poet would dare to be - Selima Hill

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Inside every madeleine, you could say, there is a lamington waiting to come out - Vincent O'Sullivan, from 'On Longing'

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I suppose what I really like is to set up a system which looks wonderfully secure when you first encounter it on the page, but within the framework there are crazy things which tip the reader off-balance. - Bill Manhire

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6 poems available

Hirshfield's poems renew, reaffirm the power of language to move deeply, to articulate experience precisely. - The Antioch Review

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Ezra Pound

B. 1885 D. 1972

2 poems available

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. - Ezra Pound

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Theodore Roethke

B. 1908 D. 1963

In a dark time the eye begins to see - 'In a Dark Time', Theodore Roethke

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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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Finely wrought verse that is tough, but also lyrical. A distinctive new voice - Neil Rollinson

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Edwin Morgan

B. 1920 D. 2010

4 poems available

the most dynamic, brilliant, free-wheeling poet around, endlessly accessible and inventive - The Scotsman

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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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