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Robert Frost

B. 1874 D. 1963

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

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...in a good poem the poet disappears. That's what the struggle with language is all about. The point is that in the finished poem you don't lay yourself bare. You create a strongbox of words. - Vicki Feaver

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

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Intimates' faces up to life at every turn. It celebrates, it laments, it answers back. David Constantine.

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Writing that is full of remarkable, concentrated and pungent images - The Sunday Times

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Fuller is a wonderfully skilled craftsman and the grace and elegance of his style is at the service of not only a sharp wit and intelligence, but a great depth of feeling. - Sunday Telegraph

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If there is a unifying principle in his later work, it is expressed in a combination of plainness of utterance with a strong sense of poetry as a public and political art. - Sean O'Brien

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John Fairfax

B. 1930 D. 2009

5 poems available

John Fairfax's poems return us to the important sources: spells they braid linger and haunt like sweetness of a wood after rain. - Adam Thorpe

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Denis Glover

B. 1912 D. 1980

7 poems available

Air falls under the heavy yoke of bells - 'Sunday Morning', Denis Glover

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Allen Ginsberg

B. 1926 D. 1997

I'm a stenographer of my mind. I write down what passes through it, not what goes on around me. I'm a poet. - Allen Ginsberg

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pared-down precision and scorching intensity - Helen Dunmore

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Good poetry is like effective prayer, it feeds the human spirit, it nourishes, it puts us in touch with forces far greater than ourselves. Lorna Goodison

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