For the Love of It


A young woman carries her cello on the metro; a man keeps a daily appointment to talk with his dead wife; the landscapes of Wales, the north of England and the Isles of Scilly. For The Love of It is grounded in the rich fullness of life, while each poem delicately encourages a way of seeing that presents the everyday as anything but mundane.

Constantine’s peculiar vision is an uneasy blend of the exquisite and the everyday. The beatific, the ordinary, the rebarbative even, are almost indistinguishable… 
– Elizabeth Lowry, Times Literary Supplement 

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David Constantine has published a dozen volumes of poetry (most recently – 2014 – Elder); two novels, Davies (1985) and The Life-Writer (2015); and five collections of short stories. He is an editor and translator of Holderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. For his stories he has won the BBC National and the Frank O’ Connor International Awards (2010, 2013). The film ‘45 Years’ was based on his story ‘In Another Country’ and was nominated for an Academy Award. With Helen Constantine he edited Modern Poetry in Translation, 2003-12.