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4 poems available

I trust my imagination and love of language to get me there. Anthony Lawrence

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Matthew Sweeney

B. 1952 D. 2018

6 poems available

The act of writing is a process of curiosity and discovery, with the unconscious mind leading, and everything focussing on finding the right concrete details. Matthew Sweeney

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Sarah Maguire

B. 1957 D. 2017

5 poems available

At once catalogues of ordinary, precise vision...and poems of musical and metaphysical ambition, Maguire is the heiress of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Adam Phillips, The Observer

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Quirky, witty, moving Kathryn Simmonds' gift is to find joy and beauty in unexpected places. She invests the everyday world with an extraordinary luminosity. Jackie Kay

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4 poems available

...one of the best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets currently making poems in America. - David Baker, 'Poetry', on Rodney Jones

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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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Philip Levine

B. 1934 D. 2015

5 poems available

A large, ironic Whitman of the industrial heartland - Edward Hirsch

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7 poems available

Poetry is a way of living...a human activity like baking bread or playing basketball. - Robert Hass

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Roald Dahl

B. 1916 D. 1990

1 poem available

A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men. - 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory', Roald Dahl

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Ted Hughes

B. 1930 D. 1998

3 poems available

Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential, as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods. - Ted Hughes

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Edwin Morgan

B. 1920 D. 2010

4 poems available

the most dynamic, brilliant, free-wheeling poet around, endlessly accessible and inventive - The Scotsman

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Adrienne Rich

B. 1929 D. 2012

5 poems available

If you think you can grasp me, think again - Adrienne Rich, from 'Delta'

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