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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')
'A poet of sassy urban heartache, deftness, humour and considerable ingenuity' - Michael Glover
As activities, writing poetry and climbing have few connections, apart from a heightened sense of being and awareness, of being fully engaged. Andrew Greig
I would like my poems to be windows not mirrors...A window cuts a shape, and I am fascinated by structure, harmony, balance - all those qualities which give definition to the view... - Peter Scupham
Always use a well sharpened pencil / followed by a good eraser. / Watch the white emerge. - Caroline Caddy, 'Editing the Moon'
An exciting new voice ... his poems are carefully crafted and have a catholic appeal ... there is something painterly in how Brandon guides you through his work, like a diagonal guiding the eye. - Poetry London
The kind of poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent - The Times
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
I go to the rockpool at the slack of tide/ to mind me what my poetry's for. - Jen Hadfield from 'Daed-traa'.
Quirky, witty, moving Kathryn Simmonds' gift is to find joy and beauty in unexpected places. She invests the everyday world with an extraordinary luminosity. Jackie Kay
B. 1918 D. 1986
Have I not been trying to use the obstacle/Of language well? - 'Malcolm Mooney's Land', W. S. Graham