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Tom Raworth has died | 10-Feb-17

British poet Tom Raworth has died aged 78. His ongoing cancer battles had been quite public, with him recently posting on his blog that there would be no further treatment and he had little more than two weeks to live - "I can't see I shall ever get back here... Bits of it all have been fun and it’s been a decent run."

Raworth, born in south London in 1938, was unapologetic throughout his career; in his politics and his poetry. His writing is provocative and unafraid of complexity, challenging the reader's expectations of structure and how a text should operate. He was also a loved visual artist with a talent for collage

An author of more than 40 books, Raworth's awards included the Cholmondeley Award, the Philip Whalen Memorial Award, and, in Italy, the Antonio Delfini Prize for Lifetime Achievement. He served as poet-in-residence at King’s College, Cambridge University.

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