Venice. Poetry of Place, Penguin €9.25
La Serenissima: once seen, never forgotten, particularly by poets. There is something about the buildings, bridges, canals and courtyards of Venice which seems to whisper provocative secrets from the past. This little book offers a chance to travel back in time, to walk in the company of Byron, Pushkin, Shelley, Wilde, Goethe, Browning. Pound, and Cocteau, as they respond to her provocations. All the pride, imperial dominion, and wealth, underscored by a romantic decadence.