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Poetry, above all, is a series of intense moments - its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing with emotion. Carol Ann Duffy
Her poems are voyages of discovery. Literally. Over and over she writes about the journeys, physical and metaphysical, that are transformative experiences - Sarah Maguire, Poetry Review
The balance of passion and poise is a constant tension in Davis's work - PN Review
B. 1952 D. 2017
In these times, we should be glad of this voice. - Kate Clanchy, The Guardian
Are words no more than waving, wavering flags? - 'The right word', Imtiaz Dharker
B. 1906 D. 1984
It is this deep blankness is the real thing strange./The more things happen to you the more you can't/Tell or remember even what they were. - 'Let it Go', William Empson
B. 1920 D. 2002
As a new empire swells into the full glare of the global limelight, its novelists and balladeers could very well take a good lesson from Enright: Look long and hard. Write clearly. And keep it sharp. - James Norton, Flakmag
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.
Almost all my poetry comes out of a sense of wonder at the sheer materiality of the world; and of bewilderment about how we know what we know. - Brook Emery
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'