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Inside every madeleine, you could say, there is a lamington waiting to come out - Vincent O'Sullivan, from 'On Longing'
Hampton is an open-minded writer, with the uncertainties and hesitations of the true seeker. - Stephen Lawrence
This is a poet of both truth and beauty - Rory Waterman, Times Literary Supplement
Quirky, witty, moving Kathryn Simmonds' gift is to find joy and beauty in unexpected places. She invests the everyday world with an extraordinary luminosity. Jackie Kay
B. 1939 D. 2008
Markham is tireless in his resistance to orthodoxy, whether artistic, cultural or political. He speaks as he finds, in multiple, unpredictable voices. (Sean O'Brien)
I jot one down and, like a sunbather,/ it turns and looks at me as if to say,/ OK, you've written me down. Fine!/ Go and amuse yourself somewhere! Annie Freud - from 'The Manipulation of Words'
Robert Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence... - Louise Gluck
Harsent has an unusual claim to notice: you begin every poem with the certain prospect of pleasure and surprise. - Martin Amis, Observer
Keep it simple and make it visual seems to be the best idea. - Hugo Williams