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Hand in Hand

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  40 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A sexy, witty and moving look at the ways in which we love edited by the nation's favourite poets.
Paperback, 100 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Picador USA
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Nov 17, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is a very interesting idea for an anthology, pairing up contemporary writers with an opposite-sex poet of their choice. The poems don't seem to be necessarily related, though some are; it's just a collection of poems that spoke to different people, and what different people have to say about love. As with most anthology situations, there are some gems here and some I couldn't care less about.

As you might expect, I liked the contributions or inclusions of poets I'm already a fan of: Simon A
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Jan 25, 2013 Jacqueline Brocker rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, love
An eclectic and intriguing collection of poems, more quietly mature about love than one might expect from love poems. These are not sappy, sickly sweet, or given to those tremendous teenage aches and longings (though there is ache and longing here - it can't not be) but often thoughtful, reflective, intense, and about the quiet joys of love.
Jul 05, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it
I've no idea how this came to be in my possession, although it must be second-hand as it has some very strange annotations. It's a wonderful anthology, encompassing all aspects of love; from the initial heady madness to the pain of loss and everything in between. Each featured poet has chosen a poem written by someone else, which is very insightful and an interesting way of structuring the collection. My favourites were Simon Armitage's To His Lost Lover, Ian Duhig's From the Irish ("I want to l ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
"You Are at the Bottom of My Mind" Ian Crichton Smith
"Patagonia" Kate Clanchy
"Japan" Billy Collins
"The Linen Industry" Michael Longley
"The Breakfast" Alan Jenkins
"Hurricane Blues" Linton Kwesi Johnson
"A Letter" Anne Ridler
"The Spinning-Wheel Song" John Francis Waller
"Five Glimpses" Alice Oswald
"What Lips My Lips Have Kissed..." Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sep 01, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
Nice little poetry book. Great concept of letting male/female poets choosing poems writing by the opposite gender. Ideal for Valentine's Day.
Dec 19, 2010 Wynnie rated it really liked it
Love poems they might be, they are not saturnine sweet nor about red red roses. This anthology constitutes the works by 36 poets, half of which are men and the other are women and a poem of their choice written by another poet of the opposite gender.

Poems about love are also poems about the loss, the ambiguity, the evasiveness and the rare attainment of love.
Clare Holman-Hobbs
A good anthology for beginners of poetry.
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Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009.

She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position.

Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling Manh
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