Michael Donaghy was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1954. In 1985 he moved to London, where he worked as a teacher and traditional Irish musician. He died in 2004.
Our pick of the most beautiful, moving and original verses ever written about love and marriage, from the romantic to the unusual and the traditional to the contemporary, there's something for every couple.
In need of some romantic verse but no idea where to start? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected our favourite poems about love for him, her, friends, parents and the reluctant romantic. We’ve even got poetry to help mend a broken heart.
This week's Friday Poem is 'The Present' by Michael Donaghy, a sonnet that makes a perfect wedding poem, with a commentary from Don Paterson.
The new design style for Picador’s collected and selected poetry books began with the hardback edition of Sean O’Brien’s Collected Poems, where I was trying to create something simple yet striking, collectable, and most importantly true to the poetry.