The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present (Google eBook)
Simon and Schuster, Feb 5, 2008 - Poetry - 352 pages
There is a deep tradition of eroticism in American poetry. Thoughtful, provocative, moving, and sometimes mirthful, the poems collected in The Best American Erotic Poems celebrate this exuberant sensuality.
These poems range across the varied landscapes of love and sex and desire -- from the intimate parts of the body to the end of an affair, from passion to solitary self-pleasure. With candor and imagination, they capture the delights and torments of sex and sexuality, nudity, love, lust, and the secret life of fantasy.
David Lehman, the distinguished editor of the celebrated Best American Poetry series, has culled a witty, titillating, and alluring collection that starts with Francis Scott Key, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Hart Crane, encompasses Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, John Updike, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Kevin Young, and Sharon Olds, and concludes with the rising stars of a whole new generation of versifiers, including Sarah Manguso, Ravi Shankar, and Brenda Shaughnessy.
In a section of the book that is sure to prompt discussion and further reading, the living poets write about their favorite works of erotic writing.
This book will delight, surprise, and inspire.
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Review: The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the PresentUser Review - Meryl Natchez - Goodreads
Anthologies are tough, but this one has some eclectic choices as well as old standbys. Worth a read. Read full review
Review: The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the PresentUser Review - Aj Chilson - Goodreads
I say The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present is a wonderful collection of erotic poems. It's got a little bit from almost every significant poet of its time, with the obvious ... Read full review
EDGAR ALLAN POE 18091849
GEORGE HENRY BOKER 18231890
EMMA LAZARUS 18491887
AMY LOWELL 18741925
WALLACE STEVENS 18791955
EDNA ST VINCENT MILLAY 18921950
ELIZABETH BISHOP 19111979
CHARLES BUKOWSKI 19201994
BERNADETTE MAYER born 1945
AI born 1947
HEATHER MclUGH born 1948
WILLIAM WADsWoRTH born 1950
PAUL MULDOON born 1951
MARK DOTY born 1953
KIM ADDONIZIO born 1954
CECILIA WOLOCH born 1956
RICHARD WILBUR born 1921
KENNETH KOCH 19252002
JAMES MERRILL 19261995
ANNE SEXTON 19281974
ADRIENNE RICH born 1929
MARK STRAND born 1934
LUCILLE CLIFTON born 1936
CHARLES SIMIC born 1938
ROBERT HASS born 1941
PAUL vIoLI born 1944