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B. 1916 D. 1995
The most remarkable phenomenon of the English poetic scene ... has been the advent, or perhaps I should say the irruption, of Gavin Ewart - Philip Larkin.
Musical, deftly patterned poems that are the products of a supple susceptibility and determined intelligence - Adam Foulds
B. 1920 D. 1994
Man, you call yourself a poet and you don't know chickadees? Amy Clampitt
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