Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure
Intimate Kisses revels in what may be life’s greatest mystery, through some of richest, most celebrated poetry ever written. Included in this anthology are 121 poems by such poets as Marge Piercy, Emily Dickenson, Jelaluddin Rumi, Nikki Giovanni, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, Molly Peacock, Dorianne Laux, Jane Hirshfield, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Galway Kinnell, and W.S. Merwin, as well as dozens of lesser-known and unpublished poets.
Book of Moon is read; I want this tongue, that like some acrobat insane tumbles toward you with what little words I have, to sip some virgin secret that you hold; I want this heart, in time both infinite and now, to know the reason for the light in you that lifts me. james tipton AUBADE Sun-baked all day, the south-facing cliffs breathe fire. The canyon air itself can’t sleep, sheets beneath them gone incrementally to musk, and the man at last awakened alone, a train whistle moaning
every stem is heavy with confusion of itself attached, then unattached and free. The fig loves the apricot. More of each come showering the bed, all opened and flaming with a delight that never stops. edward kleinschmidt mayes THIS NIGHT ONLY [ERIC SATIE: GYMNOPÉDIE #1] Moonlight now on Malibu The winter night the few stars Far away millions of miles The sea going on and on Forever around the earth Far and far as your lips are near Filled with the same light as your eyes Darling
suddenly, into the sun. danusha laméris de garza IN VICTORIA’S SECRET, NEAR THE BRAS The woman wants to know if I need help. She’s seen me fingering the lacy cups, thinking of you and those pendulous orbs that swing above my naked nights, that harden like stones and fill my mouth and box my ears and glisten. I should tell her when we’re spooned together, how they pancake, flat, against my back, when you brush your hair I watch them in the mirror, barely jiggle, how to the
KENNETH REXROTH: “This Night Only,” from Collected Shorter Poems. Copyright � 1944, 1963 by Kenneth Rexroth. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. CHARLES ROSSITER: “Oh Yeah,” from Evening Stories by Charles Rossiter (New Haven, CT: Ye Olde Font Shoppe, 1999). Copyright � 1999 by Charles Rossiter. Reprinted by permission of the poet. JELALUDDIN RUMI: “Spring paints the countryside…” and “Spring overall. But inside us…,” from Birdsong, translated by Coleman Barks and A.J.
poems that are sensually graphic, sexually explicit, and reflect a positive outlook on love and sex. Although Intimate Kisses is in some ways a sequel to Passionate Hearts, this new volume stands alone. The 120 poems in Intimate Kisses have their own, unique flavor and focus. Here we journey in a new direction, exploring new depths of erotic experience and intimate satisfaction. From the rich descriptions given by the poets, we discover how erotic imagination can enhance sexual experience and