WONDERFUL POET WILLIAM OXLEY HAS DIED
The poet, editor, and festival organiser, William Oxley, has died, suddenly. This is very sad news, for all who knew him, or his work. William was a deeply sensitive, intelligent, cultured, and passionate poet, with a deep respect for the traditional forms and sounds of British poetry; he was a kind of romantic-conservative, with a spiritual, religious sensibility that had no fear of a good chat or a good glass of wine - he was a man of the world, but not only.
I believe him to be a true poet, and some of his poems are deserving of lasting in the wider canonical imagination. His partner, his wife, the poet, editor and publisher, Patricia, is herself a major force for good in UK poetry, and together they made a wonderful team. Our deepest condolences, and prayers, go out to her and William's extended family, and friends. - T.S.
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