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Richard Murphy

B. 1927 D. 2018

3 poems available

He has the gift of epic objectivity: behind his poems we feel not the assertion of his personality, but the actuality of events, the facts and sufferings of history. -- Ted Hughes

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5 poems available

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

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4 poems available

Catherine Byron's poems write themselves where they ought: on the inside of your skin. Hilary Mantel

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7 poems available

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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4 poems available

Wheatley's is a poetry of displacement, uncertainty and sheer possibility ... Stimulating, resourceful and often very funny - The Guardian

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6 poems available

'True poetry, sensationally assembled.' Peter Porter

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C. H. Sisson

B. 1914 D. 2003

4 poems available

The last English modernist ? Guardian

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4 poems available

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

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4 poems available

Haunting, hilarious, exquisitely inventive - Mark Ford

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3 poems available

'Every time I think a new thought I can smell an old one burning.' Emily Berry

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"This is sanity speaking, with a mask of tragedy pulled up from its face. This is a stunning poet arguing with the failing authority of her culture, the whole Silk Road curled up and hissing by her feet." Valzhyna Mort

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5 poems available

S. J. Fowler's poems deal with disjunctions and interjections. They present us with a world that moves fast and often violently, where the lyrical impulse flowers, breaks and flowers again, too briefly to assert its full syntactic argument....Fowler's poetics are an open space packed with brilliant intensities. George Szirtes

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