Poetry is the journey of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance - Carl Sandburg..........Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject - John Keats .........Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge - William Wordsworth ..........Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand - Plato .........No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language - Samuel Taylor Coleridge .........One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves - W. H. Auden ...........Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash - Leonard Cohen .........There is a pleasure in poetic pains which only poets know - William Cowper .........Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood -T. S. Eliot ..........Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason - Novalis...........He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life - George Sand .........A poem is never finished, only abandoned - Paul Valery ........A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland - Kahlil Gibran.............Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance - John Keats..........To be a poet is a condition, not a profession - Robert Frost........A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself - E. M. Forster.........Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo - Don Marquis...........Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things - T. S. Eliot ..........You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in - Dylan Thomas .........Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words - Paul Engle......... There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away! Lord Byron

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Gillian Bickley - UK

Gillian Bickley - UK

  

FROM A REVIEW OF MOVING HOUSE AND OTHER POEMS FROM HONG KONG

"Gillian Bickley's new book of poetry is not simply a keenly observed collection of Hong Kong scenes, but also a privileged view into the emotional, intellectual and spiritual life of its writer." ― Solveig Bang, Sunday Morning Post, 4 June 2006

"pragmatism accompanied by wry wit"― Solveig Bang, Sunday Morning Post, 4 June 2006

"The studied juxtaposition of the municipal with the personal offers the reader both the familiar . . . and the private." ― Solveig Bang, Sunday Morning Post, 4 June 2006

"The profound intimacy of the personal poems, reflecting universal truths about the human condition, renders the reader at once intruder and confidant." ― Solveig Bang, Sunday Morning Post, 4 June 2006

"poignant and heart-wrenching observations on ageing and death" ― Solveig Bang, Sunday Morning Post, 4 June 2006

FROM A REVIEW OF BOTH "MOVING HOUSE AND OTHER POEMS FROM HONG KONG" AND "FOR THE RECORD AND OTHER POEMS OF HONG KONG"

"fresh, insightful and in rhythm with the sensitivities of a community passing through a period of political and social change." ― Ian Wotherspoon, The Overseas Pensioner, UK.

"an important contribution to the evolution of cross-cultural poetry in, and about, Hong Kong." ― Ian Wotherspoon, The Overseas Pensioner, UK.

"Some of her reflective pieces are thought provoking, even challenging." "perhaps at her best in describing people and commonplace events in Hong Kong." ― Ian Wotherspoon, The Overseas Pensioner, UK.

"She paints a rich and textured canvas." ― Ian Wotherspoon, The Overseas Pensioner, UK.

"shared humility and humanity"― Ian Wotherspoon, The Overseas Pensioner, UK.

 

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