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Allen Tate

B. 1899 D. 1979

3 poems available

A poem may be an instance of morality, of social conditions, of psychological history; it may instance all its qualities, but never one of them alone, nor any two or three; never less than all. Allen Tate

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Louise Bogan

B. 1897 D. 1970

3 poems available

Louise Bogan's art is compactness compacted. Emotion with her, as she has said of certain fiction, is 'itself form, the kernel which builds outward form from inward intensity.' Marianne Moore

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4 poems available

My father could only sign/His name, but he'd look at blueprints/& say how many bricks/ Formed each wall - My Father's Letters, Yusef Komunyakaa

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4 poems available

Robert Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence... - Louise Gluck

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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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6 poems available

Harsent has an unusual claim to notice: you begin every poem with the certain prospect of pleasure and surprise. - Martin Amis, Observer

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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5 poems available

Come close the flower says and we come close, / close enough to lift, cup and smell the rose - 'Come Close', Mimi Khalvati

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Roy Fisher

B. 1930 D. 2017

3 poems available

...anything I have seen, I've only seen by virtue of having been very inattentive or rebellious at school, and looking at what was out of the corner of the picture, what was outside the frame. - Roy Fisher

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Langston Hughes

B. 1902 D. 1967

1 poem available

I, too, sing America. - 'I, Too', Langston Hughes

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Brendan Kennelly

B. 1936 D. 2021

5 poems available

A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly

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Ruth Padel

B. 1947

4 poems available

Go for it, petal. Nothing's as real as what you write. (from Writing to Onegin, Ruth Padel)

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