Welcome Poetry FansPoetryfans is highlighting love poetry, featuring the work of famous poets, as well as work submitted by our readers. We hope you enjoy folowing the links and then go on to enjoy the many other poems at our site.
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“Many writers and artists of all kinds often come into conflict with the powers that be. There is perhaps no more harrowing example of this than what happened to the undeniably great Russian poets Osip Mandelshtam, Anna Akhamatova, and Marina Tsvetaeva . . ."
The Brave Russian Poets—The editor's article on three great poets and their struggles under a repressive regime.
Love Poetry from Our Readers
Ozan Haksever has written three sonnets that capture the mystery, beauty, and excitement of love.
For never did I know a heart so loud,
Whose music makes my own drum beat so fast,
To rhythms of desire and jealousy,
In tones of laughter, joy, and empathy . . .
One of the earliest submitters to our site, Barbara Kelsey, has written an excellent expression of love and desire in The Stolen Smile.
He said I want to steal your smile
take it with me to Barbados and on oceanic days
I can call on it to dance,
Lolita naked on the sea . . .
Other noteworthy love poems include
Sandy Streid expresses the primacy of love over material wealth in Precious Stones. This poem comes from the songs Sandy performs with her husband Keith and their talented group of professionals, amateurs, and multi-talented performers with special needs, Potentials Unlimited. Check out their page on Myspace.
Speak to me then about passion and pain
And I will listen until it is dawn again
Your voice is so low, so beautiful, so grave
It sets alight the stars in the night; . . .
Familial love is the subject of James Joyce's powerful Ecce Puer as it is with reader's poems by Iris Gilbride and Rei H.