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Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With)
     

Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With)

by Daisy Goodwin
 

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Forget chocolate, exotic lingerie, or marriage counselors -- the only props you'll ever need, whether you are in love or out of it, are the poems in this book. There are verses here to console you when the phone doesn't ring or the divorce papers have been signed, and poems that celebrate the joy of being in love, from the first kiss to walking down the aisle (for

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Forget chocolate, exotic lingerie, or marriage counselors -- the only props you'll ever need, whether you are in love or out of it, are the poems in this book. There are verses here to console you when the phone doesn't ring or the divorce papers have been signed, and poems that celebrate the joy of being in love, from the first kiss to walking down the aisle (for the second time). These essential poems, which include never-before-anthologized works, will tell you the truth about love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062031716
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
2 MB

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Essential Poems (to Fall in Love With)


By Goodwin, Daisy

HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 0060560843

Getting Started:
In the Mood For Love

Romance -- like the car keys, your birth certificate, and an empty taxi -- is never there when you need it. The conventional wisdom is to get out there and meet people, which is great for the organizers of car maintenance courses and salsa classes; but don't sign on the dotted line unless you are really fascinated by carburetors or enjoy close proximity to new varieties of aftershave. Far better to join a nunnery or sign up for a six-month stint on Mount Athos, where no woman has set foot in thousands of years, because the only guarantee is that when you do find love, it will be when you least expect it.

Futility

It is silly --
This waiting for love
In a parlour,
When love is singing up and down the alley
Without a collar.

Helene Johnson


Where the Single Men Go in Summer

There is an island in a far-off sea,
Well hid, for to divulge its latitude were treason,
Whereto in swallow-flocks, and silently,
The single men migrate in summer season.
The millions of single men, having fled all year,
Come to this island utterly exhausted,
Murmur a brief thanksgiving on the pier,
Then breakfast on peanut butter and a chocolate
Frosted.
They tell male stories in the idioms of all nations,
Listen to ball games on the radio,
Hear minstrels celebrate the consummations
Of remarkable business deals. They never go
Away from this sanctuary till the season's sped.
In the summer hotels all over the world, the sad single girls
Wait in vain
For the One -- personable, solvent, unwed --
Who might, but never does, arrive on the next train.

Nina Bourne

Continues...

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Meet the Author

Daisy Goodwin attended Cambridge University and then won a Harkness Scholarshipto Columbia University. She is now a producer of top-rated television programs for the BBC, including the Nation's Favourite series. In addition to Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With), she has edited two other bestselling collections, 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life and 101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night). She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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