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Pam Ayres

B. 1947

4 poems available

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

Poet

5 poems available

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

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Among the finest of our poets. - Melvyn Bragg

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Clive James

B. 1939 D. 2019

4 poems available

“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.”

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John Montague

B. 1929 D. 2016

5 poems available

some pure thing, / Some living source, half-imagined and half-real, / Pulses in the fictive water that I feel. - John Montague, 'The Water Carrier'

Poet

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The poet's reading, like his words, is energetic and as alive as quicksilver - The Observer

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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

Poet

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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Norman Nicholson

B. 1914 D. 1987

1 poem available

There stands the base and root of the living rock /Thirty thousand feet of solid Cumberland. - To the River Duddon, Norman Nicholson

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4 poems available

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

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Kay Ryan

B. 1945

12 poems available

What poetry does is put more oxygen into the atmosphere. Poetry makes it easier to breathe. - Kay Ryan

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Austin Clarke

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

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