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Passionate Hearts: The Poetry of Sexual Love

Passionate Hearts: The Poetry of Sexual Love

Wendy Maltz

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1577315677

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Compiled by renowned sex therapist and author Wendy Maltz, Passionate Hearts is a remarkable anthology of intimate, emotionally explicit, yet accessible poetry, representing new voices as well as the most revered contemporary poets. Culled from classic works of poetry, unpublished work solicited especially for the book, and poetry and erotica journals, these poems celebrate sexual connection and expression. Contributors include Sharon Olds, Gary Soto, E. E. cummings, Marge Piercy, Raymond Carver, Galway Kinnell, Pablo Neruda, and Tess Gallagher.

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A S U R E S MIDNIGHT After making love beneath the wings of the ceiling fan, we will rappel, make our unnatural descent, step off the sheer cliff of waketime. Soon we will let go of the muslin drapes and high, white walls and you will slip into rhythmic breathing, your limbs trembling down the length of sleep. You will use your arms to control the downward slide; your knees wedged inside mine, your hand bracing my hip, your scent enclosing me in this cocoon. And breath after breath, we will let

missing. I sat like a drunk trying to act sober. I chewed and swallowed while in my thoughts I knelt; I gave thanks for you. anne k. smith • 86• PA S S I O N AT E P L E A S U R E S WANTING YOU Driving north out of town today through cornfields and newly plowed patches of earth looking at the dark rich soil I wanted you, wanted you to press yourself into me press me into the open field until my curves become the contours of the ground beneath us. Your arms tight around me your mouth tender

behind you, your scrotum hung like an oriole’s nest, I cut beneath your outstretched arm and find I’m hungry for your face instead, hungry for my future. The mysterious thrum that science can’t yet explain awakes a hum in me, the sound something numb come alive makes. molly peacock • 98• VA R I E D D A N C E S MUSIC As I lie next to you I am your violin all smooth curves waiting to be played upon as you lie next to me you are my bow straight and thin rigidly poised in expectation slowly you

cloth drapes us both and softens on the curves of our bodies and our lives fit well. When two people walk far enough into the distance they merge. gary metras • 192•

like a duet, a song you create with your partner. At different times you’ll each have passages to sing alone, and passages to sing in harmony with each other. Reading these poems to each other may bring you new inspiration for the unique love song you are creating together. The poets have offered you their gift of words. You and your partner can breathe your own meaning from them. Healthy sexual relating is a lifelong journey. It’s a mystery we unlock through our own experiences. In creating

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