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Inside every madeleine, you could say, there is a lamington waiting to come out - Vincent O'Sullivan, from 'On Longing'

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Hampton is an open-minded writer, with the uncertainties and hesitations of the true seeker. - Stephen Lawrence

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My poetry addresses whatever catches me by surprise. - Michael Sharkey

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This is a poet of both truth and beauty - Rory Waterman, Times Literary Supplement

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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

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E A Markham

B. 1939 D. 2008

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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)

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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'

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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

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Ogden Nash

B. 1902 D. 1971

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Happiness is having a scratch for every itch. - Ogden Nash

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Harsent has an unusual claim to notice: you begin every poem with the certain prospect of pleasure and surprise. - Martin Amis, Observer

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Keep it simple and make it visual seems to be the best idea. - Hugo Williams

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Ian Duhig

B. 1954

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I do mock literature and take it seriously at the same time, but anyone who is passionately attached to a football team will have similar mixed feelings - Ian Duhig

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