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Andrew Motion was born in 1952 and brought up in Essex. His most recent collections of poems are Dangerous Play: Selected Poems 1974-1984 (Penguin, 1984) and Love in a Life (1991). His biography of Philip Larkin, A Writer's Life, was published by Faber last April. This is a section from a longer poem, 'Joe Soap', which will be published in his new collection, The Price of Everything, which Faber publishes next spring. His work has received the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.Reuse content