Wednesday 14 June 2023

πŸ“– Ten Poems for a Wedding from Candlestick Press


Candlestick Press
June 2023

My thanks to the publisher for this poetry pamphlet

A wedding isn’t a wedding without a poem. The enduring quality of great poetry seems to promise that all will be well for a couple on the threshold of marriage.

You’ll be dazzled by the brilliance and beauty of this selection, which offers everything from heartfelt blessings to reflections on the rich rewards of married life. And of course there are also declarations of love:

“But for now,
we make our promises gently.
This extraordinary day we have made.
Listen –
the birds in their ordinary heaven.”

from ‘Vow’ by Clare Shaw

Whether you’re seeking a poem to read at a marriage ceremony or a gift for a soon-to-be-married friend, this anthology sparkles like a jewel, with something for every imaginable kind of wedding.

Poems by Kathryn Bevis, John Donne, Michael Donaghy, Sasha Dugdale, Kahlil Gibran, Jane Hirshfield, Li-Young Lee, William Meredith, Alice Oswald and Clare Shaw.

Cover illustration by Hilke MacIntyre.

πŸ“– My Review..

There's always something special about a wedding and it's not just the thrill of dressing up and a good old knees up afterwards, it's also about joy, anticipation and the poignant reminder of sharing in a commitment to love. This lovely collection of Ten Poems for a Wedding reminds us of the hopes and dreams we all take to a marriage ceremony.

I was delighted to see my favourite poem in the collection, which I am sure has been read at so many weddings..

On Marriage by Kahil Gibran

"..Love one another, but make not a bond of love
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.."

And the rather beautiful I Loved You Before I was Born by Li-Young Lee

"...I give you my blank heart
Please write on it 
what you wish.."

It's often rather difficult to find the perfect reading for a wedding as so many of the popular ones have been shared many times so it is really quite important to be able to source new material for a marriage ceremony. The heartfelt sentiment and poignant observations included in each of the ten poems in this lovely collection would be a perfect addition to any wedding ceremony.

Ten Poems for a Wedding is published just in time for the wedding season, it would be a perfect gift for those planning a wedding or instead of a card as a special reminder of the big day.

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 Mountains, Clouds, Walking, Birds, Wine and Happiness. Candlestick Press pamphlets are stocked by chain and independent bookshops, galleries and garden centres nationwide and available to order online.

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