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“Olds writes “poetry more faithful to the felt truth of reality than any prose could be.” – Richard Wakefield.
'here I am, on the edge of animation, / a dream, a dance, a fantastic construction'. Moniza Alvi
B. 1885 D. 1930
Not every man has gentians in his house in Soft September, at slow, Sad Michaelmas. - D.H. Lawrence 'Bavarian Gentians'
B. 1871 D. 1940
And I could see that child's one eye which seemed to laugh, and say with glee: 'what caused my death you'll never know, perhaps my mother murdered me.' - W.H. Davies - 'The Inquest'
B. 1859 D. 1936
The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our story-book.
B. 1689 D. 1762
'No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.' Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
B. 1916 D. 1995
The most remarkable phenomenon of the English poetic scene ... has been the advent, or perhaps I should say the irruption, of Gavin Ewart - Philip Larkin.
Musical, deftly patterned poems that are the products of a supple susceptibility and determined intelligence - Adam Foulds