Peter Forbes was the editor of Poetry Review, Britains most prestigious poetry magazine, for sixteen years. He is a regular contributor to the broadsheets, including the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times, as well as in a wide spectrum of magazines, including New Scientist, New Statesman and Country Life. In 1999 he edited Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry (Viking) and in 2002 Penguin published the paperback of his translation of Primo Levis The Search for Roots.
This week's Friday poem is about one of our favourite topics, love. One of the pleasures of this poem is the way time is stretched and compressed to illustrate the speaker's argument. I love the lingering 'vegetable love', with each syllable given delicate attention, and the rushi...