The perfect gift for poetry and language enthusiasts alike, this timely anthology of love poems in languages from across the globe, by poets past and present, is a powerful and poignant reminder of what love is and what it can be.
A powerful new anthology depicting how love over the past two-and-a-half millennia has found its expression in the words of the world's greatest poets.
No, Love Is Not Dead is a timely affirmation of the great linguistic diversity of poetry and its ability to express passionate love, this most extreme of human emotions. With influential, award-winning poets including Kim Hyesoon, Warsan Shire and Danez Smith, and languages ranging from Amharic, Akkadian and Ancient Greek to Yankunytjatjara, Yiddish and Yoruba, this unique anthology engages the reader in reflective tales of 'Unlikely Love Stories' and 'Impossible Love',
'Love in a Time of Politics', surrealist love, visual love and free love, offering an intuitive insight into both historical and present-day perceptions of love across cultures.
Including over 50 poets, writing on each of the world's continents, this new anthology of poems about love features a diverse range of original poems written in a variety of languages - modern, ancient, endangered and constructed -, accompanied by English translations and commentaries.
Poets included in the book: Apollinaire; Nicole Brossard; Augusto de Campos; Catullus; Chaucer; Dante; Robert Desnos; Ali Cobby Eckermann; Goethe; Kim Hyesoon; Louise Labe; Federico Garcia Lorca; Vladimir Mayakovsky; Miklos Radnoti; Kutti Ravathi; Sappho; Warsan Shire; Danez Smith; Laura Tohe; Marina Tsvetaeva.
Languages included in the book: Akkadian; Amharic; Ancient Greek; Faroese; French; Galician; German; Hungarian; Italian; Japanese; Latvian; Maori; Persian; Polari; Portuguese; Russian; Sanskrit; Scots; Scottish Gaelic; Serbian; Somali; Spanish; Urdu; Welsh; Yoruba.
Chris McCabe works as the National Poetry Librarian at the Southbank Centre and launched the Endangered Poetry Project in 2017, a major project to collect poetry written in the world's disappearing languages. His work crosses artforms and genres including fiction, non-fiction, drama and visual art. He was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2013 and his five collections of poetry include Speculatrix (2014), which was commended in the Forward Prize, and The Triumph of Cancer (2018), which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His first novel, Dedalus, a sequel to Ulysses, (2018) was shortlisted for the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize, and his work has been described by The Guardian as 'an impressively inventive survey of English in the 21st Century'.