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The Carcanet Valentine's Day Promotion

Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012

Shakespeare's Sonnets by Philip Terry Valentine's Day has been and gone for another year, but why not take one last chance to pick up some love poetry? Until the end of the day, Carcanet is offering 20% off poetry which either embraces love - or gives it a sly sideways glance.

This promotion is available simultaneously to the Memory and Imagination sale - but the titles below are only on sale until the end of the day, so start shopping now if you don't want to miss out!

Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Philip Terry

Clone Kylie,
That thereby beauty's rosin might never die...

Inspired by the flotsam of contemporary culture, Philip Terry transforms Shakespeare's sonnet sequence into a celebration of language unleashed. The results are as disrespectful and anarchic as a cartoon - and as assured in their control of line.

A Field of Large Desires: A Greville Press Anthology 1975-2010 edited by Anthony Astbury

From 'Kissing the Bartender' by Julie Kane to 'Learning to Fall Out of Love' by Martin Seymour-Smith. Launched in 1979 by Anthony Astbury, with the support of Harold Pinter, the Greville Press has quietly established itself as indispensable to those who love poetry.

Liber Amoris by William Hazlitt

'Stay, and hear me a little. I shall soon be where I can no more hear thy voice, far distant from her I love, to see what change of climate and bright skies will do for a sad heart...'

In 1822 William Hazlitt, forty-four years old and married, was both tormented and enchanted by Sarah Walker, his landlady’s nineteen-year-old daughter. Liber Amoris is the chronicle of that obsession, an extraordinary fragment of Romantic autobiography

Against Heaven by Dulce Maria Loynaz

Come and teach me
to bore through this stony silence.
Teach me to light loneliness on fire
and to keep it aflame...

Dulce Maria Loynaz was living in seclusion in Havana when the Royal Spanish Academy awarded her the 1992 Cervantes Prize, the highest literary accolade in the Spanish language. Against Heaven is the first comprehensive selection and translation of her poems.

Amores by Ovid

put your lily arms around my manly shoulders -
I'll blithely swim my lovely burden through...

Amores is the work that first made Ovid famous, and infamous. Clandestine sex, orgies and entertainments, fashion and violence, are among the subjects Ovid explores: the surface dazzle and hidden depths, secret liaisons and their public postures.

One Eye’d Leigh by Kate Kilalea

I met London in your face,

I smelt wine on your breath

and the shape of your mouth
left me feeling slightly lyrical...

Shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Book Award, One Eye'd Leigh leads readers through a landscape in which the lucid angles of a chair might express love more precisely than the lines of a sonnet.

Spirit Brides by Togara Muzanenhamo

Unsaid, so it goes again, for today
When I shall lay my head down
And not think of you or dream
Of you forever till morning...

Togara Muzanenhamo's first collection of poems takes us from his vivid, vanished childhood in Zimbabwe to Europe, where he lived for some years, making as he goes the stories and connections that coax a meaning out of time and change.

Selected Poems by Christina Rossetti

Such fruits as these
No man can carry;
Half their bloom would fly,
Half their dew would dry,
Half their flavour would pass by...

Christina Rossetti was in a sense the first poet of the Pre-Raphaelites, her Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) having been - as if by accident - the writing from that group which first caught public attention.

Quidnunc by Gregory Woods

I can imagine,
as the waiter does, the
two of their bodies in conjunction like

an auspicious alignment of planets, pale and
smooth alongside darker and hairier...'

Woods writes with bravura and eloquence in free verse, syllabics and metre; the poems range from the barbaric civility of the classical world to the perplexed certainties of the present. In the struggle to come to terms with the formalities of love and the intimacies of aggression, Contingency wrestles with Fate, and history fades into enticing rumour.

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