Now in 1995 and Jo Devereux has, despite the promises she made to herself at the end of After The Rising, still not left Mucknamore.
Pregnant and troubled, Jo has embarked on a literary quest, to uncover the silence that surrounds her family history and write her own version of events -- but nothing is going according to plan.
Now, 20 years on, Jo is back in village where they both grew up and he's urging her to stay on. To her own surprise, she's tempted. Is it because her life in San Francisco is such a disaster since her friend Richard died? Because she wants to rekindle the relationship with her mother gone? Or because she wants to know the truth about the past?
Soon Jo is uncovering astonishing truths about her mother and grandmother and women's role in the conflict known as “The War of The Brothers”. And about a killing with consequences that have ricocheted through four generations.
Rory, mired in an unhappy marriage, is urging her to rebel again -- but reading their family histories has made Jo cautious. Rebellion has an energy that sweeps people up but what happens after the rising?
Jo is about to find out.
In 1923, Dan O’Donovan, a young soldier, was lured to his death in the notorious sinking sands that surround the small Irish village of Mucknamore.
Now, in 1995, Jo Devereux has returned home to Ireland, needing to know more about this "War of The Brothers” and the secrets that haunted her childhood.
Jo’s life in California has come to a full stop and she knows that if she wants to move forward, she’s going to have to go back.
Settling down in a makeshift shed overlooking the ocean with a suitcase of old family letters and journals, Jo uncovers astonishing truths about Dan’s death. Truths about her mother and grandmother that have ricocheted across four generations and are igniting again the passionate conflicts of her youth, bringing her back into contact with Rory O’Donovan, Dan’s great-nephew.
As Jo negotiates a shifting landscape of love, loss and revenge, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her family – and her own choices.
He spread his dreams under her feet, as they set about creating a new Ireland, through his poetry and her politics, and their shared interest in the occult.
Yeats forged a poetic career from his unrequited love for Gonne, his unattainable muse. But as this novel says, “when looked at from the woman’s side of the bedsheet, most tales take a turning, and this one more than most.”
Delving deep into their letters and journals, and communications of the family and friends around them, uncovers a story that doesn’t quite fit the poetic myth.
Packed with emotional twists and surprises, Her Secret Rose is a novel of secrets and intrigue, passion and politics, mystery and magic, that brings to life 1890s Dublin, London and Paris, two fascinating characters — and a charismatic love affair that altered the course of history for two nations.
Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do. And at such times, you need a certain kind of poem, the kind contained in this pamphlet. Clear, simple, accessible, inspirational poetry.
This is the first in a series of poetry pamphlets by a bestselling and acclaimed novelist, a short collection of ten poems with diverse forms and subjects.
"Poetry should be ingested sparingly," says Orna Ross. "like any mind-altering substance. More than ten at a time is too much, I believe."
These are poems you read again and again, touching as they do on all the big themes. An artist fails to see what he is creating in his life; a woman surviving genocide making meaning from maternity; an Irish wedding blessing is reworked...
You'll find poems about love -- in its many manifestations. Poems about making art. Poems about life and liberty and the conditions for happiness. Poems about loss, and faith, and redemption. All delivered in direct, achingly lovely language.
This is poetry in the tradition of Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Maya Angelou. The purest practice of the theory Orna Ross expounds in her "Go Creative!" books.
Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do. At such times, you need a certain kind of poem, the kind of poems that are contained in Orna Ross's "Ten Poems" pamphlet series, the kind of poems that tell the truth about life while providing consolation and inspiration.
Poetry that inspires by touching the places that words rarely reach.
Here are some of the things that are being said about this short book of inspirational poems:
"Reaches into the corners of your soul and pulls out all that is beautiful."
"Masterfully crafted poetry".
"A powerhouse of a poetry collection."
"A little book of very big poems."
˃˃˃ Never read poetry? Here's a great place to start.
If you've never tried the pleasures of poetry before, these small books are the perfect place to start. Always profound, Orna Ross's poetry is also uniquely accessible.
˃˃˃ Simple yet achingly beautiful
If you are a poetry lover, then you're sure to appreciate these poems about love, poems about life. poems about loss, and faith, and redemption -- all delivered in simple, yet achingly beautiful, words.
Poetry this powerful and profound is rarely so simple and compelling, which is why inspirational quotes from these poems are turning up all over the Internet, people drawn to their wise and uplifting insights.
Inspire and delight yourself today. Get to know a poem by Orna Ross
This is the fourth in Orna Ross’s Ten Thoughts About Love poetry series, inspirational poetry to read and recite, again and again.
In this book, you'll find poems about love, in its many manifestations. A poem about how our ancestors live on in us, a poem about how to return from a dark night of the soul, and a poem about how we are more, much more, than our thoughts. All delivered in the direct, lyrical, style for which this series is becoming known.
A reader review of the first book in the series that Ross’s poems are “Technically brilliant, emotionally beguiling and, at times, startling... show[ing] the hallmarks of an experienced and adroit writer, who effortlessly demonstrates the far reaching things language can do across the small span of ten poems.” That continues in this fourth selection.
If you like the poetry of Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, Rumi or John O’Donoghue, these are poems for you.
Will you side with mother or daughter?
When Mercy Mulcahy was 40 years old, she was accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the end of her life, she has written a book about what really happened on that fateful night of Christmas Eve, 1989.
The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star, especially from the father whose behavior so blighted her own life. Yet Star vehemently resists reading her manuscript.
Why? What is Mercy hiding? Was her father's death, as many believe, an assisted suicide?
Or something even more sinister?
In this book, nothing is what it seems on the surface and everywhere there are emotional twists and surprises. ("Breathtaking, and I mean literally -- actual gasps will happen" said one reader review).
Set in Ireland and California, Blue Mercy is a compelling novel that combines lyrical description with a page-turning style to create an enthralling tale of love, loss and the ever-present possibility of redemption.
R.H. Sin’s poems are often only a few lines long, and yet the emotional punch of his language gives these words an enduring power beyond the short page. He doesn't back away from the pains and struggles of life and love, and yet his determined, unapologetic voice provides a measure of comfort and a message of perseverance that is at once realistic and indomitable. This blend of determination and painful vulnerability gives his poetry a distinctive, engaging flavor.
“America’s favorite poet.”—The Wall Street Journal
From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines fifty new poems with generous selections from his four most recent books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out reading venues all across the country. Appearing regularly in The Best American Poetry series, his poems appeal to readers and live audiences far and wide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. In the poet’s own words, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and end in Oz.” Touching on the themes of love, loss, joy, and poetry itself, these poems showcase the best work of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).
Go, little book,
out of this house and into the world,
carriage made of paper rolling toward town
bearing a single passenger
beyond the reach of this jittery pen
and far from the desk and the nosy gooseneck lamp.
It is time to decamp,
put on a jacket and venture outside,
time to be regarded by other eyes,
bound to be held in foreign hands.
So off you go, infants of the brain,
with a wave and some bits of fatherly advice:
stay out as late as you like,
don’t bother to call or write,
and talk to as many strangers as you can.
Praise for Aimless Love
“[Billy Collins] is able, with precious few words, to make me cry. Or laugh out loud. He is a remarkable artist. To have such power in such an abbreviated form is deeply inspiring.”—J. J. Abrams, The New York Times Book Review
“His work is poignant, straightforward, usually funny and imaginative, also nuanced and surprising. It bears repeated reading and reading aloud.”—The Plain Dealer
“Collins has earned almost rock-star status. . . . He knows how to write layered, subtly witty poems that anyone can understand and appreciate—even those who don’t normally like poetry. . . . The Collins in these pages is distinctive, evocative, and knows how to make the genre fresh and relevant.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Collins’s new poems contain everything you've come to expect from a Billy Collins poem. They stand solidly on even ground, chiseled and unbreakable. Their phrasing is elegant, the humor is alive, and the speaker continues to stroll at his own pace through the plainness of American life.”—The Daily Beast
“[Collins’s] poetry presents simple observations, which create a shared experience between Collins and his readers, while further revealing how he takes life’s everyday humdrum experiences and makes them vibrant.”—The Times Leader
From the Hardcover edition.
Michael lives in a house by the sea in New Zealand with his girlfriend, international bestselling author, Lang Leav.
“If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger,” Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds.
Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world. With Felicity she examines what it means to love another person. She opens our eyes again to the territory within our own hearts; to the wild and to the quiet. In these poems, she describes—with joy—the strangeness and wonder of human connection.
As in Blue Horses, Dog Songs, and A Thousand Mornings, with Felicity Oliver honors love, life, and beauty.
Every day for the past six years, Tyler Knott Gregson has written a simple haiku about love, and posted it online. These heartfelt poems have attracted a large and loyal following around the world. This highly anticipated follow-up to Chasers of the Light, presents Tyler’s favorites, some previously unpublished, accompanied by his signature photographs, which capture the rich texture of daily life.
This vibrant collection reveals the intimate reflections of one of poetry's most popular new voices -- honest, vulnerable, generous, and truly present in the gift that is each moment.
From the Hardcover edition.
With much love, d.s.
From the Paperback edition.
With her novel THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, Sandra Cisneros introduced one of the most lyrically inventive voices ever to emerge from the barrio. Now she gives us a book of poems with the lilt of NORTEÑO music and the romantic abandon of a hot Saturday night. Celebrating the cataclysms of love and mapping the faultlines in the Mexican-American psyche, LOOSE WOMAN is by turns bawdy and introspective, flagrantly erotic and unabashedly funny, a work that is both a tour de force and a triumphant outpouring of pure soul.
Full of confessional, whimsical, and darkly humorous observations about life, love, and the early years of adulthood, this collection of over 150 poems, each illustrated by Gabbie herself, will introduce you to the unique point of view of one of the internet’s most remarkable voices.
"Jones is the kind of writer who’s more than wanted: he’s desperately needed."—FlavorWire
"I get shout-happy when I read these poems; they are the gospel; they are the good news of the sustaining power of imagination, tenderness, and outright joy."—D. A. Powell
“Prelude to Bruise works its tempestuous mojo just under the skin, wreaking a sweet havoc and rearranging the pulse. These poems don't dole out mercy. Mr. Jones undoubtedly dipped his pen in fierce before crafting these stanzas that rock like backslap. Straighten your skirt, children. The doors of the church are open.”—Patricia Smith
“It’s a big book, a major book. A game-changer. Dazzling, brutal, real. Not just brilliant, caustic, and impassioned but a work that brings history—in which the personal and political are inter-constitutive—to the immediate moment. Jones takes a reader deep into lived experience, into a charged world divided among unstable yet entrenched lines: racial, gendered, political, sexual, familial. Here we absorb each quiet resistance, each whoop of joy, a knowledge of violence and of desire, an unbearable ache/loss/yearning. This is not just a “new voice” but a new song, a new way of singing, a new music made of deep grief’s wildfire, of burning intelligence and of all-feeling heart, scorched and seared. In a poem, Jones says, “Boy’s body is a song only he can hear.” But now that we have this book, we can all hear it. And it’s unforgettable.”—Brenda Shaughnessy
“Inside each hunger, each desire, speaks the voice of a boy that admits ‘I’ve always wanted to be dangerous.’ This is not a threat but a promise to break away from the affliction of silence, to make audible the stories that trouble the dimensions of masculinity and discomfort the polite conversations about race. With impressive grace, Saeed Jones situates the queer black body at the center, where his visibility and vulnerability nurture emotional strength and the irrepressible energy to claim those spaces that were once denied or withheld from him. Prelude to a Bruise is a daring debut.”—Rigoberto González
From "Sleeping Arrangement":
Take your hand out
from under my pillow.
And take your sheets with you.
Drag them under. Make pretend ghosts.
I can't have you rattling the bed springs
so keep still, keep quiet.
Mistake yourself for shadows.
Learn the lullabies of lint.
Saeed Jones works as the editor of BuzzfeedLGBT.
Whoever you are,
However you got here,
This is exactly where you are supposed to be.
This moment has waited its whole life for you.
These are the opening lines of "Today Means Amen," YouTube star Sierra deMulder’s immensely powerful and virally popular poem, which lends its title to this collection. Like her fellow Millennial poets Tyler Knot Gregson, Clementine von Radics, and Lang Leav, Sierra has the gift of speaking directly to the reader. “Today Means Amen” has become an anthem of sorts to thousands, who find themselves reflected in its pain, its fierceness, its tenderness — but also in its triumphant culminating refrain:
You made it
You made it
You made it
The poems in Sierra's new book explore the rocky terrains of love, family, and womanhood with this same remarkable honesty and generosity. Today Means Amen brings this important young poet's work to an even broader audience.
This volume contains a rich selection of poems by England's six greatest poets: William Blake (24 poems, including "The Tyger" and "Auguries of Innocence"), William Wordsworth (27 poems, including "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" and "I wandered lonely as a cloud"), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (10 poems, including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan"), Lord Byron (16 poems, including "The Prisoner of Chillon" and selections from Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage), Percy Bysshe Shelley (24 poems, including "Ode to the West Wind" and "Adonis"), John Keats (22 poems, including all the great odes, "Isabella," and "The Eve of St. Agnes").
For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has provided a concise Introduction to the Romantic period and brief commentaries on the poets represented. The result is a carefully selected anthology that will be welcomed by lovers of poetry, students, and teachers alike.
—William Rose Benét
From the Hardcover edition.
Always bold, musical, honest, these poems plunge us into the essence of experience. This is a highly charged, beautifully organized collection from one of the finest poets writing today.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Everywhere, a forceful, scrupulous intelligence is active- a luminous diction, a range of cadences." So has Mark Strand written of the work of Joanna Klink, who has won acclaim for elegant, sensual, and musical poems that "remain alert to the reparations of beauty and song" (Dean Young). The linked poems in Klink's third collection, Raptus, search through a failed relationship, struggling with the stakes of compassion, the violence of the outside world, and the wish to anchor both in something true.
Of Lawrence Raab 's 1972 debut, Mark Strand wrote:
"This is a first book with more authority and wisdom in it than most poets are able to manage in their entire careers. I am amazed by its casualness and clarity, its forcefulness, its engrossing strangeness." Mystery and strangeness remain at the heart of Raab's work, but now they are revealed more fully through the world around us-everyday deceptions, inexplicable violence, unexpected tenderness, the comedy of hope and desire. In one poem, Proust appears in Raab's class to confront a student who disputes the great author's claim that "the true paradises are the lost paradises." And in the title poem, set just before the Fall, the snake alone understands how people will come to yearn "for whatever they'd lost, and so to survive/ they'd need to forget."
The Feeling May Remain brings the first substantial collection of Akif Kichloo's work to the public. The title Feeling May Remain can be interpreted as an adjective or as a short declarative sentence, something to think about right away.
Amidst the uncertainties of this amazing, terrible, magical, horrible yet beautiful life, as Akif puts it, his writing brings new perspectives to existence, with poems that range from cute and sexy to stark and dead serious, hence speaking in more than one way to the sensibilities of his readers from all over the globe.
After each poem, you have the opportunity to write down your own thoughts on love, which makes this your personal diary of love. Love is a precious gift from God that we all possess in some kind of form and what we do with this gift reflects who we are. As a result, our intimate relationships will either grow or diminish.
It’s important to understand that love is not determined by what occurs in our relationships. Love is always present but we may not always be present with love.
So slip into something comfortable or wear nothing at all. Close your eyes, inhale deeply, exhale slowly, count backwards from ten, and let your dream state take over enjoying the echocolation that will surely leave you spent but feeling oh so good.
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016"
One of Lit Hub's "10 must-read poetry collections for April"
“Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition. His poems are by turns graceful and wonderstruck. His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion.”—The New Yorker
"Night Sky with Exit Wounds establishes Vuong as a fierce new talent to be reckoned with...This book is a masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence."—Buzzfeed's "Most Exciting New Books of 2016"
"This original, sprightly wordsmith of tumbling pulsing phrases pushes poetry to a new level...A stunning introduction to a young poet who writes with both assurance and vulnerability. Visceral, tender and lyrical, fleet and agile, these poems unflinchingly face the legacies of violence and cultural displacement but they also assume a position of wonder before the world.”—2016 Whiting Award citation
"Night Sky with Exit Wounds is the kind of book that soon becomes worn with love. You will want to crease every page to come back to it, to underline every other line because each word resonates with power."—LitHub
"Vuong’s powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity—all with a tremendous humanity."—Slate
“In his impressive debut collection, Vuong, a 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, writes beauty into—and culls from—individual, familial, and historical traumas. Vuong exists as both observer and observed throughout the book as he explores deeply personal themes such as poverty, depression, queer sexuality, domestic abuse, and the various forms of violence inflicted on his family during the Vietnam War. Poems float and strike in equal measure as the poet strives to transform pain into clarity. Managing this balance becomes the crux of the collection, as when he writes, ‘Your father is only your father/ until one of you forgets. Like how the spine/ won’t remember its wings/ no matter how many times our knees/ kiss the pavement.’”—Publishers Weekly
"What a treasure [Ocean Vuong] is to us. What a perfume he's crushed and rendered of his heart and soul. What a gift this book is."—Li-Young Lee
Torso of Air
Suppose you do change your life.
& the body is more than
a portion of night—sealed
with bruises. Suppose you woke
& found your shadow replaced
by a black wolf. The boy, beautiful
& gone. So you take the knife to the wall
instead. You carve & carve
until a coin of light appears
& you get to look in, at last,
on happiness. The eye
staring back from the other side—
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong attended Brooklyn College. He is the author of two chapbooks as well as a full-length collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. A 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellow and winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, Ocean Vuong lives in New York City, New York.
Poetry in Motion provides a glimpse into the life and thoughts of author Emmett Mitchell.
Diamond in the Rough
I am a diamond in the rough that has not been polished and is still uncut.
There have been many times I’ve been overlooked.
There have even been times that I have been picked up and thrown back down.
I was mistaken for being just another stone.
My true value remains unknown.
I am still in my original state, the same state I’ve been in since I pushed my way up through many layers of earth.
There is more to me than what someone might expect in a diamond because I have not been cut and polished yet...
My heart in a realm of pain, Mind in a realm of insanity, Facade of deep darkness is Concealed by my poetry. From “Insomniacs”
Olson uses language to create a lyrical exploration of love, mortality, fantasy, and madness. His poems are organic and alive, his voice honest, his style open and engaging.
If I lost my sight, The last thing I would want to see Is your smile, Reminding me Of how beautiful the world can be. From “Losses”
He deals with subjects currently affecting humanity, including cancer, mental illness, financial ruin, alcoholism, and cyber-bullying. In each poem, pain is a raw and visceral reminder of life’s intensity, each exposing a searing and abrasive hurt.
Return to your nightmares, and Wake up when you find me there. Call me in your daydreams; I’ll whisper horror in your ear. From “Dreams of Despair”
Humanity’s innate empathy and strength to overcome despair is a theme woven throughout the collection. Olson has a clear understanding of what it means to carry on.
National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers's poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience.
Just as The Yellow Birds was hailed as the "first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war," this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work (Los Angeles Times).
The majority of the poems are written in English, although it’s possible to find also poems in other languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French and Latin. But, sometimes, some of these languages were mixed in the same poem, meaning that it can be better expressed according to the pronunciation of each of these languages.
The poems have been written as if the author was talking with his lover, what allows the reader to follow a very complete interpretation of the emotions while imagining the proper scenery for them.
Love makes you smile!
Love makes you cry!
Love glimpses you fresh hope!
Love shows you despairs!
But, love always happens!
He loved her beloved the moment he caught her first sight. She has stolen his tender love forever. She becomes his life. He gave up everything for her; even he is willing to do anything for her happiness. For him, she is only the mission of his life. He waited and waited for her answer more than a year like a thirsty bird. Then, the moment of happiness arrive in his life when she accepted his proposal. At once, his deserted life transformed into new looks. His barren land of heart starts blooming a beautiful flower of love.
His love sour the zenith of sky. He can bring anything for her happiness. He is living and dying for her love. His life and his world are only with her love. He dreams for her. He lives for her. She is everything for him. He can’t live without her love.
However, one day she eloped with somebody, forgetting his true love, and leaving him all alone to die. He is stunned to death when he discovers about her betrayal. He couldn’t figure out anything. He wept.
He questioned himself lamenting, “Why did she break my heart?” “I love her more than my life. She is everything to me. Where I was gone wrong?”
All of a sudden his life beautiful world shuttered and crumbled down, and engulfed with dark clouds. He has no hope of his life. He has lost all the flavors of his life. He is lying death. But life goes on…..
But he couldn’t forget her beloved.
Still he remembers her……Still I remember you, is a story of love, which recalls you your first love. It’s a collection of romantic poems.
Extract from the book:
You’re in my temple of love,
You’re the Goddess of love.
I’m your worshiper.
I pray with my true love,
I light the candles of love.
I offer you my garland of love.
I devoted my life for you,
My world is only with your love.
I’ve nothing to give you accept my love,
I can sacrifice my life,
To please you.
My love is pure,
You’re my idol of love.
I present you my heart,
Please accept my prayer of love,
Now, open up your eyes of love,
And fill my life with your beautiful love.
Contents of book:
1. Who are you?
2. The rainy day
3. You’re unmatchable
4. O dear, tell me!
5. First meeting with you
6. When I opened my eyes
7. Only you can fill it
8. Feel my love
9. My temple of love
10. Love is a secret
11. In the season of spring
12. An unknown Song
13. The Birds of Love
14. Please come close
15. As the eternal bliss of my life
16. O Angelic beauty!
17. It’s my hallucination
18. In my dream world
19. My lifelong fame
20. My true feelings of love
21. I do like to see
22. I’ll be yours
23. Someone is always around you
24. To be yours forever
25. My life is full of colour
26. The colourful Queen
27. A little drop of love
28. My love is calling you
29. My letter
30. Message of my love
31. I love you forever
32. My love is divine
33. Hug me with your love
34. A garland of love
35. In the Ocean of my Heart
36. My heart always bows
37. I want to give you my light
38. Three magical words
39. Your only three words
40. Your sweet drops of love
41. You’re my delight
42. The Aroma of love
43. In the paradise of love
44. Your flowery love
45. The shady tree of love
46. I remember you
47. Relations of love
48. In my heart’s temple
49. It was a magic of your love
50. Love is beautiful
51. Your valuable gift
52. True love affairs
53. Breathing together
54. You’re everything for me
55. You dwell within me
56. Your love is my greatest gift
57. With your light
58. Never hurt me with love
59. Straight from my heart
60. When your love is with me
61. My shinning light
62. Message to my beloved
63. I’m death
64. It’s not tears
65. Where I was wrong?
66. I’m lonely soul
67. Broken heart
68. I can’t erase your name
69. I failed to win you
70. Only hot and dry sand
71. My heart still feeling for you
72. Only spreading pieces of love
73. The tragedy of love
74. I couldn’t forget you
75. I lost you
76. Everything is lying
77. Don’t cry!
78. My love comes to the end
79. A hanging bouquet
John Keats died aged just twenty-five. He left behind some of the most exquisite and moving verse and love letters ever written, inspired by his great love for Fanny Brawne. Although they knew each other for just a few short years and spent a great deal of that time apart - separated by Keats' worsening illness, which forced a move abroad - Keats wrote again and again about and to his love, right until his very last poem, called simply 'To Fanny'. She, in turn, would wear the ring he had given her until her death. So Bright and Delicate is the passionate, heartrending story of this tragic affair, told through the private notes and public art of a great poet.
Never has there been a book of poems quite like Gabriel, in which a short life, a bewildering death, and the unanswerable sorrow of a father come together in such a sustained elegy. This unabashed sequence speaks directly from Hirsch’s heart to our own, without sentimentality. From its opening lines—“The funeral director opened the coffin / And there he was alone / From the waist up”—Hirsch’s account is poignantly direct and open to the strange vicissitudes and tricks of grief. In propulsive three-line stanzas, he tells the story of how a once unstoppable child, who suffered from various developmental disorders, turned into an irreverent young adult, funny, rebellious, impulsive. Hirsch mixes his tale of Gabriel with the stories of other poets through the centuries who have also lost children, and expresses his feelings through theirs. His landmark poem enters the broad stream of human grief and raises in us the strange hope, even consolation, that we find in the writer’s act of witnessing and transformation. It will be read and reread.
From the Hardcover edition.
'We've been at it all summer, from the Canadian border to the edge of Mexico . . .'
It's hard to imagine a more fruitful subject for poets than sex, in all its glorious manifestations: from desire and hope, through disappointment and confusion, to conclusion and consequence. And little has changed over the centuries, as Sophie Hannah's anthology vividly demonstrates, from Catullus pleading with Lesbos to Walt Whitman singing the body electric. Moods and attitudes may vary but the drive persists as does the desire to write about it.
Sophie Hannah's selection ranges from ancient Rome to modern New York, from gay to straight, but her principle has been to go low on the sugar and high on the excitement. It is essential reading for poetry lovers and romantics everywhere.
Sophie Hannah has published five collections of poetry. Her fifth Pessimism for Beginners was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award in 2007. Her Selected Poems is published by Penguin (revised edition, 2013). She is also the writer of bestselling psychological crime fiction, most recently The Carrier. Her novels have been translated into 24 languages. Born in Manchester, she now lives in Cambridge with her husband and children, and is a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College.