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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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Basil Bunting

B. 1900 D. 1985

2 poems available

Compose aloud; poetry is sound. - Advice to young poets, Basil Bunting

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Jackie Kay

B. 1961

7 poems available

A poem is a little moment of belief. - Jackie Kay

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4 poems available

wen yuh see she walk//holdin freedom water//balance pon she head - 'caribbean woman', Jean 'Binta' Breeze

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Charles Causley

B. 1917 D. 2003

6 poems available

If I didn't write poetry I think I'd explode. - Charles Causley

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5 poems available

In his range, prodigious northern myth-making, indefatigable good humour, and real status as a community poet, he is unique. - Peter Forbes

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Adrian Mitchell

B. 1932 D. 2008

6 poems available

A voice as welcome as Lear's fool... Humour that can stick deep and stay funny. - Ted Hughes

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4 poems available

Who anyone is or I am is nothing to the work. (Denise Riley, from 'Dark Looks')

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A Cycle of Poems: Bird for Bird - Valerie Gillies
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Ballad of a Hanged Man - George Elliott Clarke
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King Bee Blues - George Elliott Clarke
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Poundland - Simon Armitage
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