Not sure where to start? Who to listen to? What to read? The links below will help you - simply search below using names or key words to explore all our poetry recordings, texts, interviews and a huge range of other materials.
Search & Filter
B. 1844 D. 1889
“A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.”
As activities, writing poetry and climbing have few connections, apart from a heightened sense of being and awareness, of being fully engaged. Andrew Greig
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 look away, but it draws my eye./The water inside me wants it./My hand wants to write it. from 'Irrigator in the Far Field' by Stephanie Norgate.
B. 1921 D. 2008
My poems, I think, exist in a state of tension between the love of natural beauty and the fear of natural meaninglessness or absurdity. Hayden Carruth
B. 1929 D. 2004
It is not so difficult to kindle the poetic fire in the first place as to keep it going, hot and bright, through a whole lifetime. - Thom Gunn
Finely wrought verse that is tough, but also lyrical. A distinctive new voice - Neil Rollinson
But the exact place where the self and the other touch, where there's the possibility of either transformation or stasis...that's the place that interests me most. - Jo Shapcott
B. 1930 D. 2008
Sometimes, in poems, I am only dimly conscious of the grounds of my activity, and the work proceeds to its own law and discipline, with me as a go-between, as it were. - Harold Pinter