this book is fabulous! Emma Donoghue's introduction provides fascinating contextual information, guiding the reader through attitudes toward love between women from the late 1660s to the early 1990s. The poems themselves fairly leap off the page with lives of their own. Donoghue selected poems which are quite accessible and widely varied. I did have some trouble getting past the melodrama of some of the earlier work, but once I did, I discovered many, many truly delightful poems illuminating the myriad aspects of women's love for one another. At the end of the book is a section of biographical notes about the poets which is intriguing on its own. This volume would be an asset to anyone's library.