The Art of Seduction

Over the past week, Poetry Foundation have posted tantalising snippets of gorgeous, succulent love poems, teasing and tempting us into a relationship with the original works. They’ve even compiled a treasury of love poems in all its various guises – from friendship to first flush, from the depths of passion to love long-lost.

Well, I’ve fallen.

Here are my favourites to round off a week of love offerings.



Flirtation by Rita Dove


Recreation – Audre Lorde


Wild Nights – Wild Nights! – Emily Dickinson


Valentine by Lorna Dee Cervantes


I have to tell you – Dorothea Grossman

And just in case you should need any more help (and this really is the last time – I’m going above and beyond here), a favourite piece of musical seduction.

In my mind, this is exactly what Cary Grant would play to woo Grace Kelly – or vice versa.


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