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 ñ 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 ñ 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 and anniversaries.
Passionfood includes poems by Fleur Adcock, Kim Addonizio, Yehuda Amichai, Marcus Argentarius, W.H. Auden, Coleman Barks, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Bradstreet, Emily BrontÎ, 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 RÌos, 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.