The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present

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David Lehman
Simon and Schuster, Feb 5, 2008 - Poetry - 300 pages
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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  - E - Goodreads

Was tempted to take a star away on account of the few poems here and there wherein the poet speaks of the opposite sex as "they" and bemoans the burdens put upon "us," but... Sexy is sexy, and making you forget almost anything is what it does best. Read full review

About the author (2008)

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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