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4 poems available

I am a poet who is a woman, not a woman poet. - Ruth Fainlight

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Laurie Lee

B. 1914 D. 1997

2 poems available

It was a world that I wanted to record because it was such a miracle visitation to me. - Laurie Lee

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Norman Nicholson

B. 1914 D. 1987

1 poem available

There stands the base and root of the living rock /Thirty thousand feet of solid Cumberland. - To the River Duddon, Norman Nicholson

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Jan Kemp

B. 1949

7 poems available

We lie on love's breath - Jan Kemp, 'Puriri'

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Ted Kooser

B. 1939

11 poems available

I try to honor my reader's patience and generosity by presenting what I have to say as clearly and succinctly as possible. - Ted Kooser

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1 poem available

Forget all rules, forget all restrictions, as to taste, as to what ought to be said, write for the pleasure of it... - William Carlos Williams

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10 poems available

Things change, become home and we must leave them - Lavinia Greenlaw, 'Guidebooks to the Alhambra'

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4 poems available

Informed by a sense of grace, of transcendence... the pieces are grounded in detail, beautifully expressed, subtly luminous. - The Guardian

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4 poems available

Where is the spirit that touched the hearts / Lightly - chameleon colours of home? - 'Visiting Zomba Plateau', Jack Mapanje

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Patricia Beer

B. 1924 D. 1999

2 poems available

Every writer nearly always has a lost woman. - Patricia Beer

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Allen Curnow

B. 1911 D. 2001

3 poems available

All poems are rash acts. - Allen Curnow

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Elizabeth Bartlett

B. 1924 D. 2008

4 poems available

Hers is a daybook of a night-nurse of the soul - John Mole, 'Encounter'

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