Poetry review – Of Love and Hope

Of Love and Hope coverFewer subjects seem to inspire more poetry than the thorny topic of love, so it takes a lot for one book of love poems to jump out from the pile. Of Love and Hope does it rather beautifully though, without shouting for attention, but simply by being spilling over with thoughtful, evocative words.

The fact that this poetry anthology is sold in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Care certainly helps. Nothing assuages the guilt of paying out for yet another book (when your shelves are already packed with unread ones) like knowing the proceeds go to a good cause.

Plus you really are likely to read this one. Editor Deborah Gaye has brought together a carefully selected array of poems that twist, flip and sigh their way into your emotions.

The poets who contributed to the anthology are truly top-notch, counting among their number Seamus Heaney, Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, Victoria Wood, Arthur Smith, Sir Paul McCartney, Roger McGough, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch and Margaret Atwood. An impressive guest-list! Continue reading

The love lives of strangers

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While visiting Falmouth Art Gallery last week, I came across a small exhibition of notes written on luggage labels by the public – some pinned to a map of the town to show when momentous moments took place, others attached to a pinboard. Each one offers enticing glimpses into the romantic lives of anonymous strangers – resembling fragments from love letters or diaries.

Love Falmouth MapMy favourites could be lines from poems or songs: “She painted my face”, “I kissed Cathy on the face in the Poly”, “one night stand ends in relationship”, and the intriguing “Donated blood together… first date!”

The starting point for a thousand love stories!

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