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Adrienne Rich

B. 1929 D. 2012

5 poems available

If you think you can grasp me, think again - Adrienne Rich, from 'Delta'

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Christopher Middleton

B. 1926 D. 2015

3 poems available

He is an incomparable stylist, a wry ironist, a philosopher of words. The only category in which he fits justly is that of poet. (Guy Davenport)

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Michael Donaghy

B. 1954 D. 2004

6 poems available

I'm in it for the discovery. - Michael Donaghy

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John Ashbery

B. 1927 D. 2017

4 poems available

For me, poetry is very much the time that it takes to unroll, the way music does...it's not a static, contemplatable thing like a painting or a piece of sculpture. - John Ashbery

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Anne Stevenson

B. 1933 D. 2020

4 poems available

She is wise without portentousness, her technique faultless and her imagination fiery, political and fresh - Carol Rumens, The Independent.

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Tom Raworth

B. 1938 D. 2017

6 poems available

I'm fascinated by what he's doing. He's an extraordinary poet (Robert Creeley)

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A Cycle of Poems: Bird for Bird - Valerie Gillies
The Mighty Dead

The Raven

Read by David Yezzi
The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe - Read by David Yezzi
The Mighty Dead
On being brought from Africa to America - Phyllis Wheatley - Read by Mary Jo Salter
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Against Chaos - Sandeep Parmar
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After Heartease New England - Velma Pollard
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The Pursuit of Happiness - Sheenagh Pugh
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