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- Articulation is the tongue-tied’s fighting.
- "On Not Being Milton", line 13; from From the School of Eloquence, and Other Poems (London: Rex Collings, 1978).
- This pen's all I have of magic wand.
- v, line 121 (Newcastle: Bloodaxe,  1989).
- The ones we choose to love become our anchor
when the hawser of the blood-tie's hacked, or frays.
- v, line 409 (Newcastle: Bloodaxe,  1989).
- I have to confess that I felt rather proud
of the simple device of my suffocating cloud.
The Prospero of poisons, the Faustus of the front,
bringing mental magic to modern armament.
- "Fritz Haber", line 5; from Square Rounds (London: Faber & Faber, 1992).
- The title character of the poem was responsible for developing chlorine gas as a weapon of war.