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B. 1935 D. 2014
The best reading of a poem involves a simultaneous engagement of the eye and ear.
Lord teach wings how/in the stark silence of these evenings/ in the fine chiselled rock spaces/ to fold and nest... - 'After Heartease New England', Velma Pollard
[Her] poems come to us with the intimacy of whispered secrets - Paul Batchelor
My goal is to combine the confessionalism of the Alvarez era with the modernist panache of the Forties poets I admire. Todd Swift
Through the sparseness and compression, Laird generates a haunting trove of subtle and enriching tonal orchestrations - Alan Gillis
I don't want to be one of those ivory tower writers; I want to affect people's lives.
If death still comes / we'll strike a pose / and hold our breath / until he goes - Kevin Ireland
B. 1917 D. 2016
Master of Music / Let my voice be / Clear as he dreamed it / Who fashioned me - 'The Violin Speaks', Ruth Gilbert
Dorothea Smartt reveals a poetic intelligence and maturity of form and content which definitely locates her among the best of her generation of poets. - Carol Boyce Davies
Jackson manages to seamlessly stitch a domestic world to that of her academic interests ... overlapping wit, humour, borrowings, lyricism and an accessible but surprising voice. - Paula Green