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Sitting around an old table/they drew lines across the map/dividing the place/I would call my country. Choman Hardi 'Lausanne, 1923'
B. 1952 D. 2017
In these times, we should be glad of this voice. - Kate Clanchy, The Guardian
The kind of poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent - The Times
...and the poem will not care that some walk past/afraid of the words we try out on our tongues/ hoping this finally is the language of God, /that he might hear it and respond. Kei Miller, from 'Speaking in Tongues'.
Bird's is a poetry of ideas, but unexpected, often extraordinary ones - Times Literary Supplement
Paradoxes interest me and the desire for beauty, for meaning, for whatever might counterbalance our commodified world... (Peter Boyle)
We are drawn to edges, to our own/parapets and sea-walls: - 'Apart', Robin Robertson
everyday life is turned into something instantly more compelling and mysterious... there's an undeniable beauty at the dark heart of these strange poems - Neil Rollinson.
B. 1908 D. 2003
Young or old / What was I but the story told / By an unageing one? (Kathleen Raine, from 'Ah, many, many are the dead...')