Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes was the editor of Poetry Review, Britain’s 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 Levi’s The Search for Roots.


Friday poem: 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell

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 rushing of the last few lines, leading to the insistence of the final couplet. The sheer energy of this poem is startling.