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John Stammers read philosophy at King's College London and is an Associate of Kings' College. His first collection, Panoramic Lounge-Bar, was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2001 and shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award 2001. His second collection, Stolen Love Behaviour, was a Poetry Book Society Choice. He was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is a creative writing tutor and freelance writer. He lives in Hampstead, London with his wife and their two sons.
Here, old favourites from Spenser to Tennyson sit side by side with poems by Carol Ann Duffy and Michael Donaghy, the distance between the poets closed by their single timeless theme. Whether you're feeling tempted, seduced, tormented, or rejected, or falling in love, or out of love this is the perfect book to inspire, console, and give a voice to every facet of our deepest and most complex human emotion.