edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
The Emma Press Anthology of Love is not at all typical of what I’d expect of a book of love poetry.
This book has great visual appeal; bright colours and a quirky font on the cover and monochrome illustrations throughout. The poetry is very diverse and hard to categorise, although I suspect that slightly off-beat content may be a feature of The Emma Press.
There are poems that link with modern culture (Luigi – as in Mario’s brother), poems about unrequited love, poems on memories and poems that give the sense of time standing still while you gaze into the eyes of your soulmate.
Overall a very enjoyable collection. I admit to not really understanding some of the poems despite reading them through again, but poetry like art does not have universal appeal so it’s ok that these words are lost on me because there are many more poems that I connected with.
My favourites being I am not One of Those People, I think and In The Way.