Lifeline, Heartline…

Lifeline, Heartline...

Published on Friday 26 February 2016

Candlestick Press was delighted to be approached by editors Mandy Ross and Jo Brookes to publish a selection of poems by lesbian and gay poets.

The result is Lifeline, Heartline: Ten Poems by Lesbian and Gay Poets, in which ten poets, arranged broadly chronologically, give readers a glimpse of same-sex loves and lives through history. Their poems explore love in many guises – fleeting or decades-long, open or clandestine, remembered or anticipated.

As the editors write, “Do lesbian and gay poets always write lesbian and gay poetry? Or only when they write about love? And is same-sex love different from any other love?”

In their Introduction, they discuss how “This is a moment to celebrate history’s great enlightened shift towards equal marriage. It has been a long and hard-won victory in many western countries, and the struggle is not yet over. In many places around the world, centuries of stigma have not shifted, and same-sex lovers are still cruelly persecuted.”

But they also point out that we shouldn’t assume an unbroken history of oppression. “In his plea for kindness within marriage, the fourteenth-century Sufi poet Hafiz includes “men and men who are lovers, and women and women who give each other light”. He begins, “It happens all the time in heaven…”.

Poems by
C P Cavafy
Carol Ann Duffy
Thom Gunn
Audre Lorde
John McCullough
Sappho
May Sarton
Kate Tempest
Walt Whitman
Gregory Woods.

Cover illustration by Quyen Dinh.

  • Lifeline, Heartline…

    Lifeline, Heartline...

    Published on Friday 26 February 2016

    Candlestick Press was delighted to be approached by editors Mandy Ross and Jo Brookes to publish a selection of poems by lesbian and gay poets. The result is Lifeline, Heartline: Ten Poems by Lesbian and Gay Poets, in which ten poets, arranged broadly chronologically, give readers a glimpse of same-sex loves and lives through history. […]

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