Fruits and Vegetables: Poems

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Here is the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Erica Jong's very first book: a surrealistic, funny, gastronomic, erotic, serious look at being human and female and American. Erica Jong, the best-selling author of Fear of Flying, and more recently, Fear of Fifty, began her literary life as a poet. Fruits & Vegetables, originally published in 1971, offers a glimpse into the daring, erotic imagination of a young author of great promise. Here is a writer who puts metaphors in her oven, fruits and vegetables in ...
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Overview

Here is the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Erica Jong's very first book: a surrealistic, funny, gastronomic, erotic, serious look at being human and female and American. Erica Jong, the best-selling author of Fear of Flying, and more recently, Fear of Fifty, began her literary life as a poet. Fruits & Vegetables, originally published in 1971, offers a glimpse into the daring, erotic imagination of a young author of great promise. Here is a writer who puts metaphors in her oven, fruits and vegetables in her bed. Throughout her debut collection, Erica Jong demonstrates a remarkable adventurousness, erudition, lyricism, and command of the poetic form. At the same time, she examines many of the themes she will pursue in years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780030859991
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1971

Meet the Author

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is an award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist best known for her eight bestselling novels, including the international bestseller Fear of Flying. She is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry.

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Goodbye, he waved, entering the apple.
That red siren,
whose white flesh turns brown
with prolonged exposure to air,
opened her perfect cheeks to receive him.
She took him in.
The garden revolved
in her glossy patinas of skin.
Goodbye.

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Table of Contents

Fruits & Vegetables Recollected in Tranquility
Seven 13
With Silk 15
The Sheets 16
The Quarrel 18
Downward 19
Touch 20
His Silence 22
The Ecological Apocalypse as Foretold to Adam & Eve 23
The Man Under the Bed 24
Arse Poetica 27
The Teacher 29
Walking Through the Upper East Side 31
Digging the Chinese Cemetery 33
Here Comes 34
Fracture 36
Two More Scenes from the Lives of the Vegetables 38
Cheese 40
The Commandments 43
Aging 45
Bitter Pills for the Dark Ladies 47
The Objective Woman 49
The Man Giving Birth in the Dark 57
Living In 58
In Sylvia Plath Country 60
A Reading 63
Imaginary Landscapes 64
The Saturday Market 66
The Heidelberg Landlady 69
Student Revolution 71
Flying You Home 73
Narcissus, Photographer 78
Flower Eaters 79
You Operate 81
Books 82
The Book 83
Where It Begins 85
Acknowledgments 87
About the Author 89
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