Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected

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An essential collection of poetry--the best of her creative body of work by the internationally celebrated and bestselling author of Fear of Flying and Any Woman's Blues.

 

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An essential collection of poetry--the best of her creative body of work by the internationally celebrated and bestselling author of Fear of Flying and Any Woman's Blues.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060984205
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is the author of eight novels including Fear of Flying; Fanny, Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones; Shylock's Daughter; Inventing Memory, a Novel of Mothers and Daughters; and Sappho's Leap. Several of her novels have been worldwide bestsellers. Her other books include the nonfiction works Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir; The Devil at Large, a study of Henry Miller; Witches; and What Do Women Want; and six volumes of poetry.

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Lullabye for a Dybbuk

The old self
like a dybbuk
clutching at my heel.
She wants to come back.
She is digging
her long red nails
into the tender meat of my thighs...
She tweaks my clit,
hoping that my sexaholic self
will surface
and take, me back, back, back

to the land of fuck,
where, crazed with lust
come over and over again,
going nowhere.

The old self
does not like
her displacement.
She resents the new tenant
sprucing up
her disorderly house.

She resents
the calm woman
nourishing her roses,
her daughter, herdogs,
her poems, her passionate

friendships.
She wants chaos
and angst and Liebestod.
She claims
she can't write
without them.

But the new tenant
is wise to her tricks.
Disorder is not Poetry,
she says. Pain
is not love.
Love flowers; love gives
without taking;
love is serene
and calm.

I talk to the dybbuk:

My darling dybbuk,
I Will love you
into submission.
Tweak me, I will only
caress you.
Claw me, I will only
kiss you back.

For what I have learned
let's me love
even my demon.

Demon--I love you
for you are,
mine,
I say..

And demons die
of love.

Becoming Light. Copyright © by Erica Jong. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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