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Hand in Hand

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  4 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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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
Jacqueline Brocker
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.
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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