Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure

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In 1997, sex therapist and marriage counselor Wendy Maltz, author of the Sexual Healing Journey and coauthor of Private Thoughts, compiled Passionate Hearts, an anthology of "poems that inspire and celebrate healthy sexual intimacy; poems in which heart connection was at the core of the sexual experience." In Intimate Kisses, Maltz follows on the success of Passionate Hearts with a new anthology of poetry that continues her celebration of healthy sexuality and, in the process, ...
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In 1997, sex therapist and marriage counselor Wendy Maltz, author of the Sexual Healing Journey and coauthor of Private Thoughts, compiled Passionate Hearts, an anthology of "poems that inspire and celebrate healthy sexual intimacy; poems in which heart connection was at the core of the sexual experience." In Intimate Kisses, Maltz follows on the success of Passionate Hearts with a new anthology of poetry that continues her celebration of healthy sexuality and, in the process, turns up the heat.

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Jane Hirshfield, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Galway Kinnell, and W.S. Merwin, as well as dozens of lesser-known and unpublished poets.

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The editor claims to have"turned up the heat several notches" since Passionate Hearts (not reviewed), the last erotic anthology she assembled, but it seems that several more notches were in order. A psychotherapist, Maltz advocates"sex within a context of real love, commitment, and safety"—but she has unfortunately allowed"safety" to dictate her selection of poems, engendering an overall uniformity that makes for tedious reading. Contributors include Octavio Paz, Sharon Olds, Audre Lorde, Galway Kinnell, and a slew of lesser-known writers who, based on these offerings, should probably remain that way. Most of them traffic in predictable, time-worn erotic metaphors—water, moon, fruits, flowers, honey, wine—and when they turn to the literal (i.e., body parts), the result is simply a squishy, undistinguished amalgamation of hips, nipples, sweat, and tongues. Rarely is the heat of the proverbial moment captured as skillfully and frankly as in Dorianne Laux's"2 am," when the narrator finds herself"on the floor of your office, the dirty carpet / under my back, the heel of one foot / propped on your shoulder." Worse, the collection is practically devoid of humor—Neil Carpathios refers to himself as"a bra junkie" when a salesperson notices him"fingering the lacy cups" in his fetishistic contribution ("In Victoria's Secret, Near the Bras")—but that, alas, is about as amusing (or as kinky, for that matter) as things ever get. Good intentions needn't translate into good anthologies, as this one demonstrates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577314455
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 203
  • Sales rank: 813,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    Great Poetry

    This book is an excellent collection. Many of the authors I had never heard of but they were all wonderful. It is laid out in chapters dealing with the different levels of a sexual relationship from longing before to the rememberance after. Excellent! Highly recommended

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