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8 poems available

How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney

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A poet confident in her mastery of the medium -- J.M. Coetzee

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She has the comic's knack of placing a lot of weight on thin-shouldered words, words blurred by common currency which are suddenly brought into sharp focus and don't really want to be. Beyond the laughs there's great poignancy - Observer

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A poet of rare lyric intensity - Oxford Companion to English Literature

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We are born to bring light / To honour the blessing of each moment / The gift of every life - Malika Ndlovu

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Henry Vaughan

B. 1621 D. 1625

2 poems available

Dear beauteous Death! the jewel of the just...

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Celebratory, mournful, critical and tender - Poetry London

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Beautiful Girls is not a book for the faint-hearted: it will survive as testament to poetry's force in overcoming - Chris McCabe

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Lewis Carroll

B. 1832 D. 1898

3 poems available

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

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Jane Yeh

B. 1971

4 poems available

Poetry so unsettling, describing worlds so troubling and lonely, is seldom as funny, clever, and downright charming as Jane Yeh's. - Aingeal Clare

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I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi

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D. H. Lawrence

B. 1885 D. 1930

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Not every man has gentians in his house in Soft September, at slow, Sad Michaelmas. - D.H. Lawrence 'Bavarian Gentians'

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