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pared-down precision and scorching intensity - Helen Dunmore

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'Completely original, both very funny and existentially bleak. No-one else is writing poems remotely like these'. Magma

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Ivor Gurney

B. 1890 D. 1937

1 poem available

There are strange Hells within the minds War made. - Ivor Gurney, 'Strange Hells'

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Tough, explicit and wickedly clever - Alan Brownjohn

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D. H. Lawrence

B. 1885 D. 1930

1 poem available

Not every man has gentians in his house in Soft September, at slow, Sad Michaelmas. - D.H. Lawrence 'Bavarian Gentians'

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John Whitworth

B. 1945 D. 2019

4 poems available

The rhymes and the rhythms are my wet paint - John Whitworth

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the irresistible clarity of images [are] so right they deliver an almost physical connection, joining poem and reader as her swifts do, 'fluid, / workmanlike, fixing rips in the sky'. ? Sarah Crown, Guardian

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Poems full of light and colour, sensuality and serenity. -- Joan Bakewell

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I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi

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Jane Yeh

B. 1971

4 poems available

Poetry so unsettling, describing worlds so troubling and lonely, is seldom as funny, clever, and downright charming as Jane Yeh's. - Aingeal Clare

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Lee Harwood

B. 1939 D. 2015

3 poems available

Lee Harwood is one of Britain's best poets and best kept secrets. -- John Ashbery

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Gerard Benson

B. 1931 D. 2014

5 poems available

Gerard Benson's poetry transfigures the ordinary and leaves an aftertaste of mystery in the mind.Michael Glover, The Independent

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