The Lover’s Library Part 1 – a selection of alt.lit valentines by Dave Lordan

On the afternoon Saturday 13th Feb I am teaching  a workshop in writing a love poem – and all sorts of lovers are welcome to attend. The workshop is only 25 euro and you will leave it with an original, unique, and priceless piece of love-writing for your lover(s) to cherish forever and a day. Below is the first of 3 Lovers Library playlists, showcasing some of the diverse literary lovers inspiring the workshop. Sign up here for the workshop in The Big Smoke Writing Factory.

Please Master – Allen Ginsberg. Long before there was Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Allen Ginsberg, the No 1 kinkster in the canon of alternative love. A filthy prayer to be dominated. Enjoy.

John Milton Sonnet 23 

Milton remains, by some distance, the greatest poet in the English language. Here is the poem he wrote for the love of his life after she had died – tenderly interpreted by thespian Ian Richardson

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise. The 11th Century affair of Abelard and Heloise is one of history’s most inspiring – and painful. Even at a distance of 1000 years the love letters they exchanged are still extremely moving. They are available in many editions – a must have for the Lovers Library.

Anais Nin. No Lovers Library would be complete with the erotic works of Anais Nin, literary legend and pioneer of polyamory.“I reserve the right to love many different people at once, and to change my prince often.” said she. Fair play to her.

Looking For Your Face — Rumi is one of the great medieval poets of the middle east, who began to be rediscovered in the West alongside the peace and freedom movements of the 1960s. You will find dozens of his enchanting love poems online. Try this beautiful piece first and take it from there.

Robin Williams reads Pablo Neruda. Brief, poignant reading by the much missed actor of an excerpt from one of Neruda’s many great love poems.