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Celebrating a marriage through poetry - Dannie Abse's extraordinary sequel to The Presence returns to his life before his bereavement

Dannie and Joan Abse had been married for more than fifty years when she was killed in a car crash in 2005. After her death he wrote his extraordinary memoir of loss, The Presence, which was the Wales Book of the Year in 2008.

This new collection is a delightful celebration. In it Dannie Abse returns to their marriage through all its seasons, and celebrates love in verse which is funny, tender and playful as well as serious and passionate.

'One for sorrow, two for joy' is the old country saw about the magpie. These poems reflect its truth, and in the process transfigure ordinary life and love into something rich and strange.


I love their delicacy, their exquisite taste, and the sense of their sustained happiness together.

Joan Bakewell, Observer

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    February 15, 2010


    80 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    80 pages

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Also by Dannie Abse

Ask the Moon
Speak, Old Parrot
New Selected Poems
The Presence
Running Late
New And Collected Poems
Goodbye, Twentieth Century


The Odyssey
Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil
The Iliad
Introducing George The Poet
Speak, Old Parrot
All Of Us
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
The Bone Flowers
Falling Awake
No Map Could Show Them
Song of Myself
The Stairwell
Hippy Dinners
Someone Special
In the Flesh
I Never Knew That About Wales
New Poems Book Four