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.


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3 For Thursday: Love Love Love

Valentine’s Day is at hand and I feel obliged to give a nod in its direction, say a little something about love.

But many have said it before and said it better. Tomorrow we celebrate the ideal of love, so this 3 for Thursday shares some of my favourite depictions of love in poetry, film and song.

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Love Covered at The Ash Sessions

The Ash Sessions - Covers of Love - Poetry, Music, Dublin

On Sunday, I took part in a wonderful afternoon of music and poetry – The Ash Sessions do Covers of Love at Nick’s Coffee Company in Ranelagh, Dublin. Coffee and Love was the drug.

The Ash Sessions is the brainchild of poet and writer, Dimitra Xidous – a series of themed events showcasing the work of upcoming writers, poets and musicians, with it’s name taken from a Leonard Cohen quote:

”Poetry is just the evidence of life.  If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

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