Passionfood: 100 Love PoemsHardback
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- Publisher: BLOODAXE BOOKS LTD
- Format: Hardback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 166mm x 180mm x 16mm | 360g
- Publication date: 28 June 2014
- Publication City/Country: Tyne and Wear
- ISBN 10: 1852248696
- ISBN 13: 9781852248697
- Sales rank: 1,005,030
Passionfood is a feast of classic and contemporary love poems. There are a hundred flavours in this four-course celebration of love, passion and desire. Compiled by Staying Alive editor Neil Astley, its menu is distinctively different from that of other anthologies of love poetry. There are no broken hearts here. Passionfood is a celebration of true love - love that grows into love that lasts, love that fills every part of our lives, love that never leaves us. Passionfood opens with a starter selection of poems about attraction, desire and longing. Passion is the main course: the excitement of love, being and staying in love, including many of the greatest poems in our literature - by writers such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Yeats and Auden. For dessert, the book offers deliciously saucy poems by leading contemporary poets. But like love, Passionfood is a feast which doesn't have to end. The fruit that follows dessert offers still more poetry to savour: poems about deepening love and friendship, love that never leaves us, poems celebrating closeness, trust and mutual understanding, poems of joy, wisdom and shared recognition. Passionfood is a book of positive, provocative and witty love poems for everyone whose life has been nourished and sustained by love, mixing passion with food for thought. It's also a book which holds out hope, and as such, a perfect gift for the person you love, for weddings and engagements, birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine's Day. This new edition is beautifully presented in a quarter-bound hardback gift format.
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Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, which he founded in 1978. His books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably the Bloodaxe Staying Alive trilogy: Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004) and Being Human (2011), which were followed by Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy (2012). His other anthologies (all these from Bloodaxe) are Pleased to See Me: 69 very sexy poems (2002), Do Not Go Gentle: poems for funerals (2003), Passionfood: 100 Love Poems (2005), Soul Food: nourishing poems for starved minds [with Pamela Robertson-Pearce] (2007), Earth Shattering: ecopoems (2007), the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce (2008) and The World Record: international voices from Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus (with Anna Selby, 2012). He has published two novels, The End of My Tether (Flambard, 2002; Scribner, 2003), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and The Sheep Who Changed the World (Flambard, 2005). In 2012 Candlestick Press published his selection of Ten Poems About Sheep in its renowned pamphlet series. He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry and was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books. He lives in Northumberland.
Table of contents
Passionfood includes poems by Fleur Adcock, Kim Addonizio, Yehuda Amichai, Marcus Argentarius, W.H. Auden, Coleman Barks, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Bradstreet, Emily Bronte, Robert Burns, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, David Campbell, Thomas Campion, Raymond Carver, Catullus, C.P. Cavafy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, David Constantine, E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Michael Donaghy, John Donne, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Paul Durcan, U.A. Fanthorpe, James Fenton, John Fuller, Tess Gallagher, Jack Gilbert, Dana Gioia, Nikki Giovanni, Thom Gunn, Marilyn Hacker, Seamus Heaney, Robert Herrick, Rita Ann Higgins, Selima Hill, Jane Hirshfield, Elizabeth Jennings, Jackie Kay, John Keats, Galway Kinnell, D.H. Lawrence, Audre Lorde, James McAuley, Norman MacCaig, Louis MacNeice, Christopher Marlowe, Andrew Marvell, Michelangelo, Thomas Moore, Edwin Muir, Pablo Neruda, Grace Nichols, Sharon Olds, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Oswald, Ovid, Petronius, Marge Piercy, Alberto Rios, Christina Rossetti, Muriel Rukeyser, Rumi, Sappho, Anne Sexton, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jo Shapcott, Sir Philip Sidney, Stevie Smith, William Jay Smith, Edward Thomas, Fyodor Tyutchev and W.B. Yeats.