The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present (Google eBook)

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David Lehman
Simon and Schuster, Feb 5, 2008 - Poetry - 352 pages
14 Reviews
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 Present

User 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 Present

User 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

Contents

EDGAR ALLAN POE 18091849
2
GEORGE HENRY BOKER 18231890
11
EMMA LAZARUS 18491887
18
AMY LOWELL 18741925
25
WALLACE STEVENS 18791955
32
EDNA ST VINCENT MILLAY 18921950
38
ELIZABETH BISHOP 19111979
53
CHARLES BUKOWSKI 19201994
67
BERNADETTE MAYER born 1945
136
AI born 1947
143
HEATHER MclUGH born 1948
149
WILLIAM WADsWoRTH born 1950
155
PAUL MULDOON born 1951
161
MARK DOTY born 1953
168
KIM ADDONIZIO born 1954
175
CECILIA WOLOCH born 1956
181

RICHARD WILBUR born 1921
76
KENNETH KOCH 19252002
83
JAMES MERRILL 19261995
89
ANNE SEXTON 19281974
95
ADRIENNE RICH born 1929
103
MARK STRAND born 1934
106
LUCILLE CLIFTON born 1936
112
CHARLES SIMIC born 1938
118
ROBERT HASS born 1941
126
PAUL vIoLI born 1944
132
CARL PHILLIPS born 1959
188
RICHARD SIKEN born 1967
201
KEVIN YOUNG born 1970
215
BETH ANN FENNELLY born 1971
217
SARAH MANGUSO born 1974
224
NOAH MICHELSON born 1978
230
Acknowledgments
285
Index of Poems
293
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David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include New and Selected Poems, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School and lives in New York City and in Ithaca, New York.

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