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B. 1917 D. 2016
Master of Music / Let my voice be / Clear as he dreamed it / Who fashioned me - 'The Violin Speaks', Ruth Gilbert
Dorothea Smartt reveals a poetic intelligence and maturity of form and content which definitely locates her among the best of her generation of poets. - Carol Boyce Davies
Jackson manages to seamlessly stitch a domestic world to that of her academic interests ... overlapping wit, humour, borrowings, lyricism and an accessible but surprising voice. - Paula Green
B. 1925 D. 2009
And again I see the long pouring headland, / And smoking coast with the sea high on the rocks, / The gulls flung from the sea, the dark hooded hills / Swarming with mist, and mist low on the sea - Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, 'The Return'
The Laskey effect...is of suddenly sensing that more meaning is inherent in 'ordinary' moments than we were expecting. - Mark Halliday
I would have words as tenacious as mules/ to bear us, sure-footed/ up the mountain of night... from 'Elemental' by Edward Baugh
I'm interested in the power mechanisms, personal and political and sometimes a combination of the two, that prevent people from speaking. Esther Morgan
Always use a well sharpened pencil / followed by a good eraser. / Watch the white emerge. - Caroline Caddy, 'Editing the Moon'
Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. - Sunday Times
The furthest distances I've travelled/ have been those between people. Leontia Flynn