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Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. - Sunday Times
Inside every madeleine, you could say, there is a lamington waiting to come out - Vincent O'Sullivan, from 'On Longing'
B. 1939 D. 2019
“The poet is a lifer. Anyone who gets into the game will soon start wishing that there was a version of it with lower stakes, but there isn't.”
B. 1929 D. 2016
some pure thing, / Some living source, half-imagined and half-real, / Pulses in the fictive water that I feel. - John Montague, 'The Water Carrier'
The poet's reading, like his words, is energetic and as alive as quicksilver - The Observer
B. 1911 D. 1979
All her poems have written underneath - 'I have seen it.' - Randall Jarrell
Hirshfield's poems renew, reaffirm the power of language to move deeply, to articulate experience precisely. - The Antioch Review
B. 1914 D. 1987
There stands the base and root of the living rock /Thirty thousand feet of solid Cumberland. - To the River Duddon, Norman Nicholson
How you became a poet's a mystery! / Where did you get your talent from? / I say: I had two uncles, Joe and Harry - / one was a stammerer, the other dumb.- 'Heredity', Tony Harrison
What poetry does is put more oxygen into the atmosphere. Poetry makes it easier to breathe. - Kay Ryan
B. 1896 D. 1974
Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke