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Love Poetry

Updated: September 27, 2012

by Goll, Yvan, 1891-1950.
Call Number: 841 G626-3
The poets Yvan and Claire Goll wrote these love poems to one another over thirty years. "10,000 dawns my angel, 10,000 dawns./10,000 times the eye of the sun/Has come to open again our eyelids." -Yvan Goll

by Knappert, Jan.
Call Number: 896.308 K67-1
This anthology includes poetry in the original Swahili, English translations, and explications of the poems. "O my queen,/proud and glorious/exalted/among beautiful women,/I will cry for you/till the end of my life." -Malikiya

Call Number: 811.08 A6685
A collection of love poetry by over 80 lesbian poets from around the world. "I ask myself and you, which of our visions will claim us/which will we claim/how will we go on living/how will we touch, what will we know/what will we say to each other." -Adrienne Rich

Call Number: 808.1 B6465
An irreverent, tongue-in-cheek collection of "truly neurotic and tortured love poetry." "Love is a universal migraine/A bright stain on the vision/Blotting out reason." -Robert Graves

by Lee, Li-Young, 1957-
Call Number: 811 L4785-1
The passionate title poem in this collection was inspired by the Song of Songs. "At the gates of the city in which I love you,/the sea hauls the sun on its back,/strikes the land, which rebukes it." -Li-Young Lee

Call Number: 811.08 C8745-1
Poems and traditional songs by and about cowboys of the American West. "I'll tell you, pard, it hain't no use/Fer me to try to raise a hand,/When on my heart she's run her brand." -Robert V. Carr

by Sanchez, Sonia, 1934-
Call Number: 811 S2115-10
Sanchez's steamy and lyrical collection also includes platonic love poems for Ella Fitzgerald, Tupac Shakur, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Call Number: 895.2108 L8975-1
Contemporary Japanese authors approach the traditional form alongside masters like Basho. "half of the mountain/dyed by red maples-/one-sided love" -Chiyo-Ni

by Giovanni, Nikki.
Call Number: 811 G5115-8
A buoyant, fun, life- and love-embracing collection. "If music is the most universal language/just think of me as one whole note" -Nikki Giovanni

by Sexton, Anne, 1928-1974.
Call Number: 811 S518-4 1999
Sexton's poems about married love and adultery are provocative, intense, and written with a storyteller's attention to detail. "We are stripped to the bone/and we swim in tandem and go up and up/the river/the identical river called Mine/and we enter together. No one's alone." -Anne Sexton

Call Number: 895.2108 L8975 2003
Kenneth Rexroth's translations of Japanese poetry from the 8th century to the modern age.

by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Call Number: 822.33 S6-1
Includes Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, as well as other works like Venus and Adonis.

Call Number: 891.408 M2335
Along with poems of romantic love, this collection also includes a surprising number of poems expressing a darker, more cynical attitude. "The heart is not a tulip/to bloom on its own in answer to summer." -Dilara Hashem

Call Number: 894.35108 N6885
Includes classical poems by Rumi and poems by sultans and folk poets from the Ottoman Empire as well as poems by contemporary authors. "You are half of an apple, I am the other half;/Day and night, we are one, our hearth and home are one." -Oktay Rifat

Call Number: 808.1 L9117 2007
Includes poems by women from the 1500s to the present day. "If in that moment we are all we are,/We live enough." -Edith Wharton

Call Number: 811.08 R6825
Poems about desire, new love, lost love, and enduring love.

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861.
Call Number: 821 B884-11 1992
Written by Browning to her husband in the mid-1800s, these poems and sonnets are enduring classics.

by Housden, Roger.
Call Number: 808.1 H842-1
Housden offers discussion and food for thought on ten poems that are both accessible and inspiring. "Love means to look at yourself/The way one looks at distant things/For you are only one thing among many." -Czeslaw Milosz

by Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973.
Call Number: 861 N454-7 1993a
A beloved collection by the Nobel Prize-winning author. "You are mine, mine, woman with sweet lips/and in your life my infinite dreams live." -Pablo Neruda

by Hooks, Bell.
Call Number: 811 H784
A collection of poetry by the well-known feminist author and scholar. "Love is/no soldier of fortune/no assassin/on the prowl/stalking unsuspecting hearts." -bell hooks

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