I’m on a river bank. I think I see
The farther side: a choice of nothingness
Or paradise. My poems wait for me.
They look away, they threaten and they bless.

extract from Poeter Porter's 'River Quatrains', Better than God

Peter Porter, the award-winning poet and Picador stalwart, has died of cancer at the age of 81.

Despite being born in Brisbane, Australia, Porter became one of Britain's favourite and most prolific poets. You can read his obituary on the Guardian.