Forever in Love: A Celebration of Love and Romance


From eyes first meeting to sweet good-byes, and every loving moment in between, June Cotner tracks a lifetime of love through poetry and prose. The poems collected here approach love from every perspective and at every stage--from the innocent, crush-induced longings of a 13-year-old girl to the ethereal musings of 13th-century poet Rumi.

Love. It has forever inspired poets, and those touched by its power and grace still find new words to ...

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From eyes first meeting to sweet good-byes, and every loving moment in between, June Cotner tracks a lifetime of love through poetry and prose. The poems collected here approach love from every perspective and at every stage--from the innocent, crush-induced longings of a 13-year-old girl to the ethereal musings of 13th-century poet Rumi.

Love. It has forever inspired poets, and those touched by its power and grace still find new words to celebrate it. Nothing moves the spirit or the pen of the poet quite like love.

Author June Cotner has long been fascinated by the course of the lifetime relationship between husbands and wives: from the electric sizzle and wild imaginings of love's beginning through the early years of marriage, filled with discovery and grand dreams of the future, and ultimately till the day we part, still in love and grateful for the lifetime companionship.

In Forever in Love, Cotner has collected her favorite love poems and arranged them in chapters set as mileposts in love's long journey. Beginning entries include "The Search," "Attraction," "Longing," and "Courtship." The middle chapters include "Commitment," "Early Years," and "Daily Life," and the book closes with poems gathered under the headings of "Partings" and "Reflections."

Cotner's selections for this compendium are as inspired as the words themselves. Classic writers such as Dickinson, Shakespeare, and Browning lend well-loved words, but this broad-ranging collection draws most of its content from poets writing today, assuring that every reader will discover many new gems to share with one's partner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740761560
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

June Cotner—author, anthologist, and speaker—hails from Poulsbo, WA. She has appeared on national radio programs, and her books have been featured in many national publications including USA TODAY, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman's Day, and Family Circle.  Collectively, her books have sold nearly one million copies.
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Table of Contents

A Letter to Readers     xiv
Thanks     xvii
The Search
My Beautiful Love, As Yet Unknown     2
In Transit     3
The Blues     4
You, I Hope to Find     5
My First Love Story     6
The Attraction
Him     8
Transforming Love     10
Brown Eyes     11
Seeing You     12
I Think I Am in Love     13
Say     16
Wild Nights! Wild Nights!     17
While I Asked Myself     18
At the Half-Chance of Being Loved     19
My Heart     20
Appoggiatura     21
Only You     22
The Bait     24
Every Kiss Provokes Another     25
Questions     26
Last Name     28
The Kiss     30
Remembering     31
A Love Song     32
Now!     33
Beloved     34
Request     35
This Night     38
Night Secret     39
Basket of Figs     40
A Heart Full of Love     41
Unconditional     42
Although I Conquer All the Earth     43
Double Image     44
Give Me Ten More Years     45
The Gift     46
Oath of Friendship     47
Early Years
First House     50
Love Poem     52
Roots     53
Marriage Takes Work     54
Summer on the Farm     55
We Can     56
Daily Life
Ordinary Life     58
Warranty     60
Away in Virginia, I See a Mustard Field and Think of You     61
From the Astronaut of Your Heart     62
Love Life     64
To Turn from My Forgetting     66
Upon Awakening     68
Why     69
Small Failures as a Wife     70
Husband Out of Town Thinks About His Wife     72
Finding Us in Jackson Pollack     73
The Best Part     74
Choices     75
Gratitude     76
In This Season     77
In the Middle     78
Marriage Work     82
Surviving the Seasons     83
Another New England Winter     84
Cooperation      86
How to Return to Your Husband     87
Long After the Loss     88
Calling Truce     90
Sleeping with You     91
Mature Love
Tenth Anniversary     94
In the Light of Another Moon     96
For My Beloved     97
To My Husband on Our Anniversary     98
Their Adventures     99
First Kiss     100
Anniversary     102
My Wife Breaks Out     104
After All These Years of Loving You     105
Possibly     106
Magic     108
Walking in Monet's Gardens at Giverny     109
Later Years
Husband Song     112
I Held Her Hand Like Porcelain     113
Epithalamium     114
Book Lovers     115
Transition     116
Long Run Play     117
In the Comfort Zone     118
Still Life     119
In Sickness
Living Will     122
For Better, For Worse     123
If We Let It     124
For My Wife in the Bone Marrow Unit     126
Love...and Chemo     127
Touch     128
After His Second Heart Attack: A Psalm     129
Porcelain Fragments     130
My Husband's First Time Out Since the Diagnosis     132
Helpless     134
This Love     136
Aftereffects     138
Alone     139
The Widow     140
Driving Alone     142
At the Cimitiere de Montmartre     143
Passage     144
On Valentine's Day     146
Seasons Lost     148
Alone Is an Empty House     150
Music, When Soft Voices Die     151
You Are Still Here     152
Be with Me     153
Migration     154
Marriage     156
Loving the Distance Between Them     157
What Counts     158
Once in a Lifetime     159
The Living Dream     160
The Greatest Blessing in Marriage     161
Marriage Is a Spiritual Contract     162
Author Index     163
Permissions and Acknowledgments     167
About the Author     173
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Interviews & Essays

The selections in Forever in Love are a result of years collecting poems about love and marriage that touched me emotionally. When you say "I do," it is intended to be forever, and that's what we all want-a "forever" bond. Really, marriage is a perfect concept: Two individuals become partners, best friends, and allies for the rest of their days. While our society tends to idealize the lust-love of a new relationship, it's the true love of a long-term, committed relationship that is the ultimate dream for most of us. I hope this book will help couples realize that even during difficult times love creates bonds that will strengthen them in ways beyond those they could have only imagined when newly married. Within these pages, you'll find an inspiring blueprint of the richness yet to come.

Forever in Love follows the path from "Attraction" to "Mature Love" and many stages in between. It's a book that will allow couples to reminisce about earlier years together and look forward to the days to come.

My hope is that you will be moved, awed, and astonished by the kaleidoscope of feelings so eloquently expressed by the contributors to Forever in Love. The poets represented here have a fine gift for the interplay of words and emotions about the voyage through love and marriage. -June Cotner
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