This intoxicating selection of poems – a mini-anthology to complement our ever-popular Ten Poems about Love – is published especially for Valentine’s Day. The poems capture the extraordinary power of desire, from Neil Rollinson’s tenement building stirred by the passion of loving couples on St Valentine’s night, to DH Lawrence’s painterly celebration of a beautiful woman as she washes in early morning sunshine.
Elsewhere, beds become roiling vessels for lovers with “persistent hands”:
“We are bare. We are stripped to the bone
and we swim in tandem and go up and up
from ‘December 11th’ by Anne Sexton
There are poems that evoke passion’s intensity, alongside others in which the sensuality is more obliquely expressed – an apple bitten to expose surprising pink flesh or a shipwright rhapsodising over the alluring curves of his ship.
Roses, oysters, chocolate – even a pungent cheese – stir the senses and capture the heady urgency of erotic love. These poems are seductive, and irresistible.
Poems by Kim Addonizio, Jo Bell, Wayne Burrows, Hilary Davies, DH Lawrence, MR Peacocke, Shazea Quraishi, Neil Rollinson, Anne Sexton and James Sheard.
My thoughts about the poems...
I've really enjoyed reading through this diverse collection of love poetry and was pleased to discover some excellent new poems alongside one of my favourite authors.
D H Lawrence's poem, Gloire de Dijon is every bit as good as I remember it..
"In the window full of sunlight
Concentrates her golden shadow
Fold on fold, until it glows as
Mellow as the glory roses"
and the poem A Kiss Remembered by MR Peacock is really rather beautiful.
"a kiss searching for itself, neither looked for
nor expected, but like the rapt coupling of dragonflies..."
From the erotic to the sentimental, there is something for everyone in this beautifully presented pamphlet of ten sexy poems. A perfect gift for Valentine's Day.
About the Publishers
Candlestick Press is a small, independent press publishing sumptuously produced poetry pamphlets that serve as a wonderful alternative to a greetings card, with matching envelopes and bookmarks left blank for your message. Their subjects include Cricket, London, Lesbian and Gay, Birds, Clouds, Puddings and Fathers. Candlestick Press pamphlets are stocked by chain and independent bookshops, galleries and garden centres nationwide and available to order online.
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