The World Began With Yes

The World Began With Yes

by Erica Jong

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Overview

Erica Jong has never stopped writing poetry. It was her first love and it has provided inspiration for all her other books. In a dark time, she celebrates life. Her title comes from the Brazilian genius Clarice Lispector who was deeply in love with life despite many tragedies. Life challenges us to celebrate even when our very existence is threatened. Never have we needed poetry more. Jong believes that the poet sees the world in a grain of sand and eternity in a wild flower—as Blake wrote. Her work has always stressed the importance of the lives of women, women’s creativity, and self-confidence. She sees her role as a writer as inspiring future poets to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597098465
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 775,943
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over twenty-five published books that have been influential all over the world. Her most popular novel, Fear of Flying, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Never out of print, it has sold over thirty-five million copies in forty-two languages including Chinese and Arabic. Erica’s latest novel, Fear of Dying,was published in 2015/2016 with many publishers all over the world. Her awards include the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy (named for the critic who introduced Ernest Hemingway, Allen Ginsberg, and Erica Jong to the Italian public), the Sigmund Freud Award in Italy, the Deauville Literary Award in France, the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, and Poetry Magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize (also won by Sylvia Plath and W.S. Merwin). Erica’s poetry has appeared in publications worldwide, including The New Yorker, L.A. Times, The Paris Review, Haaretz, and many more. Erica lives in New York and Connecticut with her husband and two poodles.

Read an Excerpt

UNICORNS



Girls love them


even before they yearn


for that twisted ivory horn.



Wistful for what


they never knew,


they braid


the rainbow hair


of tiny Unicorns.



Yet the Bible


makes them


symbols of strength.



Were they Aurochs


or Elasmotheria,


now extinct?



Why did God remind


Job of his own creation


of beasts


when Job was at his


nadir?



Did HA-SHEM mean


that animals are stronger


than those who worship them?


You Bet!



& Maidens who gaze


upon Unicorns


as Unicorns


gaze upon them


are the fiercest girls


in the red tent.



Come, then, with me


to my own museum


in Paris,


the Cluny:


Musee du Moyen Age,



& see the Unicorn


gazing at his comely Horn


in my Maiden's Mirror,



while she dreams


erotic dreams—


all tapestry—


celebrating


the five senses:



Touch, taste, smell,


hearing, sight.



Our Maiden feeds


both Lion & Unicorn,


forms of desire.



No wonder the


tapestry exults



À Mon Seul Désir!



What more


could Maidens want


than the everlasting


hardness of the Unicorn,


tail upstanding,


supplicant to her



virginity,


hooves in her honied lap,


eating sweetly


from her cupped hand?



Oh Unicorn,


come to me


from your red


forest of love


& drink


my poetry—


The true trace


of my Virginity . . .



Of course


there are more


than five senses!



Knowledge of


Future, Past,


Poetry, Song, Colors,


Stars & Planets.



Stay, fragile Earth


for Bette,


my granddaughter,


that she may know,


the Unicorn of Love


& Longing,


the Unicorn



of Work & Worship,


The Unicorn


of Springing


Hooved Imagination!



The Unicorn


that licks


her little


hand!



That nuzzles


her pink neck,


that kisses


her brown/blue


eyes, that


lies down


with languor


& longing.



Unicorns are


hardly symbols,


but lovers of our


Little Ones!



Gentle, gentle


Unicorn, come


to my study


in the green,


teach my darling girl


to grow


with Fantasy &


Passion,


Plenty & Poetrys . . .


That’s all she needs.

Table of Contents

The World Began With Yes 13

The Breathing Of The World 15

Child On The Beach 16

Oracle Of Light 18

Unicorns 20

Acupuncturist 25

News 26

Blue Bird, Red Bird 27

Child's Play 28

"Be Careful Darkness" 29

Day Of Atonement 30

Brief Valentine 32

Connoisseur Of Longing 33

Hats 34

Inside Out 36

One 37

Love To His Soul 38

New Theory Of Love 40

Where The Poem Comes From- 41

Emily's Birthday 42

Emily Dickinson: A New Daguerreotype 44

Poetry Is Better Than Xanax 46

Spanking 48

Visible/Invisible 50

Why I Hate The News 52

Your Eggs 54

Writing Poetry Again 55

The Mental Traveller 65

The Danish Poet 66

What Is Love? 68

Facebook Friend 69

Not A Bot 70

On Hearing That Alice Munro Is Now A Stamp 71

The Wish Not Heard 72

Breasts 74

Dying Is Not Black 76

Almost Dying 78

Not With A Bang But A Whimper 80

The World 84

Her Death 85

Taking The Train 86

Prophet's Storm 87

Speaking With The Dead 88

Breath's End 90

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