Andrew Motion

Poet Laureate

Poet and writer. Collections include The Pleasure Steamers and Natural Causes, biographies include Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life and Keats: A Biography. Poet Laureate 1999-2009.


"Now I am hardly breathing, gripping
the thin paper and reading Write to me."

From ‘The Letter’ in Dangerous Play: Poems 1974-1984 (London: Penguin, 1985)


because it reminds me of that printed dress you had
the summer we met - ...

From ‘On the Table’ in Salt Water (London: Faber & Faber, 1997)

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Sir Andrew Motion

by Madeleine Waller
C-type colour print, April 2006
NPG x139638
© Madeleine Waller