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The poet's reading, like his words, is energetic and as alive as quicksilver - The Observer
B. 1927 D. 1997
The kind of poetry that excites me is the kind that comes closest to direct communication, the kind of communication that one can sometimes feel without words in a look or a gesture. - Edwin Brock
Things change, become home and we must leave them - Lavinia Greenlaw, 'Guidebooks to the Alhambra'
B. 1906 D. 1984
Now if the harvest is over / And the world cold / Give me the bonus of laughter / As I lose hold. - 'A Nip in the Air', John Betjeman
I want that next poem. To get it I'll shed my skin, I'll lose my name, pretend I have no history, be history's fool, become elemental, all of these, none of these. - Fred D'Aguiar
B. 1908 D. 2003
Young or old / What was I but the story told / By an unageing one? (Kathleen Raine, from 'Ah, many, many are the dead...')
B. 1932 D. 2008
A voice as welcome as Lear's fool... Humour that can stick deep and stay funny. - Ted Hughes
B. 1938 D. 2017
I'm fascinated by what he's doing. He's an extraordinary poet (Robert Creeley)