Reading some of the fifty greatest love poems of the last fifty years selected by Southbank Centre and others. See full list in The Guardian. Very international list – so good to see poems from my home country of Scotland alongside writers from Egypt, Somalia, Pakistan and others. Although no Latin American poets, I thought Nicaraguan Gioconda Belli should have been there. I was however pleased that Edwin Morgan’s ‘Strawberries‘ made the list, as it is one of my favourites.
I also especially like these lines by Warsan Shire:
“you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful.”
Beautiful words and valuable lessons. You can read the full poem here.