The set book for 2023 is Love Poems edited by Imtiaz Dharker. With illustrations by Mikki Lee. Published by The Folio Society.
264 pages. 8 integrated colour illustrations. 246 x 170mm trimmed page size, 25mm spine width.
Romantic, passionate, unrequited, lost and embittered: odes to the infinite expressions of love are collected in Love Poems; a unique Folio Society edition collated by the ‘world poet laureate’ Imtiaz Dharker. For this exclusive new Folio Society anthology of more than 150 poems, Dharker researched and collected the work of ancient and contemporary voices from around the world, both widely and lesser known.
Traversing culture, language and time, Love Poems is a wonderfully eclectic selection of emotive human responses to love through the medium of poetry, from Rumi, Shakespeare and Christina Rosetti to Philip Larkin, Michael Ondaatje and Carol Ann Duffy. Dharker has skilfully woven a narrative through her selection, with poems loosely grouped around themes rather than arranged according to geography or timeline. The ebb and flow of style, length, era and language is refreshing and fluid, as love is portrayed in myriad ways.
Korean-American illustrator and designer Mikki Lee celebrates the cultural diversity of the collection through a series of highly stylised and dreamlike artworks. From tempestuous and passionate to subtle and pensive, the wide-ranging voices and experiences in Love Poems will resonate with readers of all ages.