JMP to publish collection of love poetry from around the world

JMP to publish collection of love poetry from around the world

Emma Green, senior commissioning editor at John Murray Press, has acquired world rights in No, Love Is Not Dead: An Anthology of Love Poetry from Around the World, edited by Chris McCabe. 

John Murray Press will publish on its Chambers list, ahead of Valentine’s Day, on 4th February 2021. 

No, Love Is Not Dead "thoughtfully considers and challenges notions of what love means and how it is portrayed around the world, in ultimate celebration of the richness of love, life, language and poetry. It is a pertinent reminder of what love is and what it can be", says the publisher.

The anthology will feature a range of classic and contemporary writers, from Dante, Sappho and Apollinaire through to Kim Hyesoon and Warsan Shire. The book will have over 50 poems written in their original languages and accompanied by English translations and commentaries. 

No, Love Is Not Dead will also include a foreword by Laura Tohe, the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate and Professor Emeritus with Distinction at Arizona State University.

Green said: "I’m delighted to be working with Chris again to showcase the power of both languages and poetry and, through this book, highlight such a diverse range of poems, languages and cultures from across the globe, past and present. As the title suggests, this book is a timely affirmation that love is not dead, and we look forward to publishing it in February next year."

McCabe commented: "As the book moves through 'unlikely love stories', 'love in a time of politics' and 'surrealist love poems', the reader will be gifted to a holistic picture of how love over the past two-and-a-half millennia has found its expression in the words of the world's greatest poets. No, Love Is Not Dead is the culmination of my lifelong enjoyment of love poetry and brings together poems I have loved for decades, along with voices that are new to me. I can't wait to share my findings with readers."

McCabe is National Poetry Librarian at Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library. His first anthology with Chambers, Poems from the Edge of Extinction, was published in 2019.