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4 poems available

The poet's reading, like his words, is energetic and as alive as quicksilver - The Observer

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Ruth Pitter

B. 1897 D. 1992

1 poem available

I have tried to be faithful to delight... - Ruth Pitter

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Edwin Brock

B. 1927 D. 1997

2 poems available

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

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10 poems available

Things change, become home and we must leave them - Lavinia Greenlaw, 'Guidebooks to the Alhambra'

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John Betjeman

B. 1906 D. 1984

2 poems available

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

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1 poem available

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

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Michael Donaghy

B. 1954 D. 2004

6 poems available

I'm in it for the discovery. - Michael Donaghy

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Kathleen Raine

B. 1908 D. 2003

4 poems available

Young or old / What was I but the story told / By an unageing one? (Kathleen Raine, from 'Ah, many, many are the dead...')

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Adrian Mitchell

B. 1932 D. 2008

6 poems available

A voice as welcome as Lear's fool... Humour that can stick deep and stay funny. - Ted Hughes

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Tom Raworth

B. 1938 D. 2017

6 poems available

I'm fascinated by what he's doing. He's an extraordinary poet (Robert Creeley)

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Bloomsbury Snapshot - Connie Bensley
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from Silent Highway: section 4, ‘Uncle Rufus’ - Anthony Howell
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