The Honey Gatherers takes its title from a phrase in Michael
Ondaatje's The Cinnamon Peeler, a poem which describes the need to
be marked, and marked out, by love. The search, the sweetness, the
sting and the death of love, are all to be found in this anthology.
Wide-ranging in its inclusiveness, The Honey Gatherers celebrates
the great passions of John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Shakespeare,
Keats, Sir Thomas Wyatt and the beloved Anon, whilst confirming the
extraordinary gift to this headlong debate of 20th century poets.
Pablo Neruda, Lorna Goodison, Brian Patten, Adrienne Rich, Tess
Gallagher, W.H. Auden, Stevie Smith, Dorothy Parker, John Montague,
Thom Gunn, Carol Ann Duffy and Sharon Olds are just some of those
who meet in these pages. Here are poems about romantic love, the
ideal of love, the hurt of love, lost or unrequited love and
parting - all you might expect to find in such a gathering - but
here too are poems of friendship, surprise, celebration and
consolation. This is a book which explores Raymond Carver's big
question `And what did you want?' and offers some answers: `To call
myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.' - Raymond
Carver: `Late Fragment' Most love poetry anthologies only cover the
classics. This one includes modern poets and erotic poetry as well.
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