Passionate Hearts: The Poetry of Sexual Love


In her search for positive, healthy sexual images to help her in educating couples, renowned therapist and author Wendy Maltz sought out "poems that inspire and celebrate healthy sexual intimacy; poems in which heart connection was at the core of the sexual experience." The result is a remarkable anthology of intimate, sensually explicit poems, representing new voices as well as more revered contemporary poets.
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In her search for positive, healthy sexual images to help her in educating couples, renowned therapist and author Wendy Maltz sought out "poems that inspire and celebrate healthy sexual intimacy; poems in which heart connection was at the core of the sexual experience." The result is a remarkable anthology of intimate, sensually explicit poems, representing new voices as well as more revered contemporary poets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577315674
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 763,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Barry McCarthy, Phd     xiii
Preface   Molly Peacock     1
Introduction     3
Tender Awakenings
The Trees that Change Our Lives   Gary Soto     25
Sharing   Alan Yount     27
Spring Storm   Johanna Rayl     29
The River   Patti Tana     30
Purple is the Color of the Longing   David Steinberg     32
Tango'd Love   J. B. Bernstein     34
"With You I Begin..."   David Steinberg     35
She Teaches Him to Reach Out   Martha Elizabeth     37
I Have Touched   Patti Tana     38
Desire   Connemara Wadsworth     40
First Night   Julia H. Ackerman     42
Remembering   Stephen J. Lyons     43
Passionate Pleasures
Poem for R. Kim Ly Bui-Burton     47
Snow Climbers   Steve Wiesinger     48
Transformation   Adria Klinger     49
"I Like My Body When It is With Your..."   E. E. Cummings     51
Late Afternoon   Molly Fisk     52
"Half-Sleeping..."   JaneHirshfield     53
Moonburn   Laura H. Kennedy     54
Morning Love Song   Marge Piercy     55
"Fortunately the Skins..."   Judy Grahn     56
Marvelous Beast   Patti Tana     58
Untitled I   Laura H. Kennedy     59
Lovers' Duet   Wendy Lee     60
Learning to Laugh   Allison Joseph     62
Aubade   Kate C. Richardson     65
"Good God, what a Night that Was..."   Petronius Arbiter     67
The Morning After   Johari M. Rashad     68
Love Poem   E. K. Caldwell     69
An Aubade   Timothy Steele     70
Alone in Your House   Kim Addonizio     72
Woman Bathing   Raymond Carver     74
Last Gods   Galway Kinnell     75
The Image Was of Me Flowing Through You   David Steinberg     77
Look at Me   Kim Ly Bui-Burton     78
My God, Why Are You Crying?   Molly Peacock     80
Midnight   Alison Kolodinsky     81
Sex has a Way   Wendy Lee      82
Desire   Kim Ports     83
All Day at Work   Deborah Abbott     84
Giving Thanks   Anne K. Smith     86
Wanting You   Terra Hunter     87
Privacy   Olga Broumas     89
Varied Dances
Implications of One Plus One   Marge Piercy     93
With Thanks to Eddie Shaw   Janet Lowe     95
Flight from the Marriage Bed   Lisa M. Carbone     96
Her Back to Me   Ed Stever     97
The Purr   Molly Peacock     98
Music   Natasha Josefowitz     99
Wet Bodies   Franz Douskey     101
In Bed This Morning   Teresa Blagg     103
Touching You Under Water   Stephen J. Lyons     104
"Drunk as Drunk on Turpentine..."   Pablo Neruda     105
Loving Along Western Rivers   Stephen J. Lyons     106
Complicated Shadows   Stephen Corey     108
The Music Like Water   Jane Hirshfield     109
My Love is Like a Lily   Kim Ly Bui-Burton     110
Lullaby   Molly Peacock     112
The Blossom   Thomas R. Smith     113
New Mother   Sharon Olds     115
Milkflowers   Robert Wrigley     116
Balance   James Harris     117
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps   Galway Kinnell     118
Anniversary   Gary Metras     119
Descant   Jane Mayes     120
Dog Days and Delta Nights   Franz Douskey     121
It Arrives Suddenly and Carries Us Off as Usual   Marge Piercy     123
The Thief   Dorianne Laux     125
Dolce   Kennette Wilkes     127
No   Patti Tana     129
"Slowly, Slowly..."   David Steinberg     130
Thunder Storm   George Keithley     131
Little Invitation in a Hushed Voice   Tess Gallagker     132
Deeper Intimacies
The Mystery   Sara Teasdale     135
To Drink   Jane Hirshfield     136
Red River   Molly Fisk     137
The Return   Molly Peacock     139
Keys   Barbara J. Garshman     140
A Need for Armor   Eileen Stratidakis      141
"He Kneels on the Rumpled Bed..."   Gail Morse     142
Waking up Twice   James Clark Anderson     143
The Surge   Molly Peacock     145
The Pleasure of Feeling Inside Your Body   Rochelle Lynn Holt     146
Sea Inside the Sea   Tess Gallagher     148
Palms   June Sylvester     150
Pleasure   Allison Joseph     152
Far In   Rachel Loden     154
Envoi: Waking After Snow   David Baker     155
Old Moon With Her Youth in Her Arms   Gale Swiontkowski     156
Dead Still   Andrei Voznesensky     157
You Touch Me   Andrena Zawinski     159
Manon Reassures Her Lover   Martha Elizabeth     161
You Bring Me Back   Patti Tana     162
Encounter   Rick Fournier     163
Bedside   Clive Matson     164
The Knowing   Sharon Olds     166
Graceful Transformations
Watering the New Lawn   Michael S. Smith     171
Married Love   Kuan Tao-Sheng     172
Praise   Anne K. Smith     173
Foreplay   Natasha Josefowitz     174
Orchestration   Jane Mayes     175
The very Floor of Our Existence   June Billings Safford     176
Your Body Glistens from the Bath   Charles Rossiter     178
Middle Age   Arlene L. Mandell     179
And This is So   Joseph H. Ball     180
Of Gravity & Angels   Jane Hirshfield     181
We Take the New Young Couple Out to Dinner   Carol Tufts     182
Springtime at Twilight   Michael S. Smith     184
Twin Flames   James Broughton     185
Our Love   Jo Nelson     186
Place Setting   Johari M. Rashad     187
Adagio at Twilight   John Carter     188
Nostalgia   Charles Rossiter     189
Decade   Amy Lowell     190
Return   C. P. Cavafy     191
Vanishing Point   Gary Metras     192
Acknowledgments     193
Permission Acknowledgments     197
About the Editor     205
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    Wonderful book for the sensual person!

    This book is great for those who wish to relive special memories of their partner or for those dreaming of romance to come. Suitable for all ages, single, married, dating, divorced, all the above. Brings out the love and sensuality that is related to physical touch.

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