The Erotic Spirit: An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love, and Longing

The Erotic Spirit: An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love, and Longing

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by Sam Hamill
     
 

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This extraordinary collection of poems—covering thirty centuries of poetry from around the world—celebrates the erotic spirit in all its forms, from the passion of sexual desire to the intense longing for spiritual union. Beginning with anonymous Egyptian love songs from the fifteenth century BCE and continuing up to today's finest poets, the book draws

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This extraordinary collection of poems—covering thirty centuries of poetry from around the world—celebrates the erotic spirit in all its forms, from the passion of sexual desire to the intense longing for spiritual union. Beginning with anonymous Egyptian love songs from the fifteenth century BCE and continuing up to today's finest poets, the book draws on a broad range of cultural and spiritual traditions, including ancient Greek and Roman erotic poems, ecstatic Sufi songs, Chinese elegies for lost lovers, and bawdy English satires. Many of the poems are presented here in new translations by the editor, Sam Hamill, one of America's premier poet translators.

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"Hamill, poet and translator, has created a ravishing anthology of poetry celebrating the spiritual aspect of eros, the longing not only to merge one's body with another, but to join souls."—Booklist

"From the swift grip and succor of today's Dorianne Laux to the flowers-in-a-shell plums of ancient Tzu Yeh, these are voices echoing off the walls of a cave, becoming one voice, one song of eros. I've seen no better collection."—Lily Pond, editor of Yellow Silk: A Journal of the Erotic Arts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570622342
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,294,516
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Lily Pond
Lily Pond, editor of Yellow Silk: A Journal of the Erotic Arts
From the swift grip and succor of today's Dorianne Laux to the flowers—in—a—shell plums of ancient Tzu Yeh, these are voices echoing off the walls of a cave, becoming one voice, one song of eros. I've seen no better collection.

Meet the Author

Sam Hamill is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and translations from the classical Chinese and Japanese, ancient Greek, Latin, and other languages. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He lives near Port Townsend, Washington.

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The Erotic Spirit: An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love, and Longing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must have for all poetic souls
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book smutty or cheap. The poetry runs from physical longing to sexual passion to spiritual love and all points in between. The poems are carefully selected to highlight how much the human spirit has remained the same through the centuries when it comes to love and passion. Especially moving are the poems of everyday observations -- missing someone because their shoes are there but they're not -- which may have been made yesterday or 1,000 years ago. I highly recommend this book for the romantic at heart. I gave this book to my husband shortly before our marriage when he had to go out of the country for a few months. I slipped it into his suitcase and he found it when he unpacked. Each day, he typed out one of the poems and emailed it to me with his thoughts so that we could read the book 'together.' By the time we got through the book, it was time for him to come home again.