Love Comes First

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Love Comes First is Erica Jong’s long-awaited return to her poetic roots!

Here is Erica Jong’s first book of all-new poems in more than a decade. Known and beloved for Fear of Flying and her many other books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Jong expounds on the most eternal, universal topic of all: love. Using brilliant imagery and intense metaphorical insights to paint vivid pictures of love, and all that comes with it—the heights of elation, the depths of sorrow—she covers ...

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Overview

Love Comes First is Erica Jong’s long-awaited return to her poetic roots!

Here is Erica Jong’s first book of all-new poems in more than a decade. Known and beloved for Fear of Flying and her many other books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Jong expounds on the most eternal, universal topic of all: love. Using brilliant imagery and intense metaphorical insights to paint vivid pictures of love, and all that comes with it—the heights of elation, the depths of sorrow—she covers every inch of the spectrum with her vibrant and insightful words. Perfect for wedding showers, lovers of all ages, and Valentine’s Day, Jong’s trademark trailblazing style and remarkable ability to bridge the gap between literary and popular poetry makes Love Comes First an instant classic. Discover— or discover yet again—the brilliance of Erica Jong.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585426843
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is the author of nineteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Fear of Flying, which has more than 18 million copies in print worldwide. Her most recent essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, and she is a frequent guest on television talk shows. Currently working on a novel featuring Isadora Wing—the heroine of Fear of Flying—as a woman of a certain age, Erica and her lawyer husband live in New York City and Connecticut. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also an author.

Erica Jong left a Ph.D. program at Columbia to write her ground-breaking novel Fear of Flying, published in 1973. Jong is the author of numerous award-winning books of poetry and novels including Fanny, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Any Woman’s Blues, and the forthcoming Sappho’s Leap. She is also the author of the memoir Fear of Fifty. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

I You Are There

Holding On to the Light 3

The Poetry Cat 5

Rapture 8

Continental Divide 9

You Are There 13

In Vitro 15

Waiting for Angels 17

Thank-you Note for a Grecian Urn 21

In the Cloud Forest 24

Poem for a Fax Cover Sheet 26

Against Grief 27

I Dreamed That the Sea 31

Figs 32

Risotto 34

In Vino Veritas 36

Henry James in the Heart of the City 37

For Grace in the Hospital 41

Smoke 43

II People Who Can't Sleep

The God of the Chimneys 47

When Jew Kills Jew 49

Sleep 53

Sentient 56

Prayer to Keep Back the Dark 58

Elephanta 60

Speaking with the Dead 61

Collecting Venetian Glass 63

Beauty Bare 65

III Aphrodite's Laughter

Talking to Aphrodite 71

Elegy for Pegasus 94

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