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The Poetry of Sex PDF, ePub eBook The Poetry of Sex - a raucous, highly enjoyable anthology by acclaimed poet Sophie Hannah. We've been at it all summer, from the Canadian border to the edge of Mexico... Romance and poetry seem to go hand in hand but - implicit, explicit, nuanced or starkly frank - sex itself has long been a staple subject for poets. In fact a great deal of erotic poetry rejects the distin The Poetry of Sex - a raucous, highly enjoyable anthology by acclaimed poet Sophie Hannah. We've been at it all summer, from the Canadian border to the edge of Mexico... Romance and poetry seem to go hand in hand but - implicit, explicit, nuanced or starkly frank - sex itself has long been a staple subject for poets. In fact a great deal of erotic poetry rejects the distinction. It's hard to imagine a more fruitful subject for poets than sex, in all its glorious manifestations: from desire and hope, through disappointment and confusion, to conclusion and consequence. And little has changed over the centuries, as Sophie Hannah's anthology vividly demonstrates, from Catullus pleading with Lesbos to Walt Whitman singing the body electric. Moods and attitudes may vary but the drive persists as does the desire to write about it. Sophie Hannah's selection ranges from ancient Rome to modern New York, from gay to straight, but her principle has been to go low on the sugar and high on the excitement. The result is a raucous, highly enjoyable anthology. From Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, this book is essential reading for poetry lovers and romantics everywhere.

30 review for The Poetry of Sex

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I'm currently reading a book called The Grandmothers which contains 4 novellas by Doris Lessing, and I'm miserable. I'm miserable for several reasons, but I'm determined to finish, but I'm also wondering why. Why, Doris Lessing, why are you obsessed with incest? After knocking out two of the four stories (which both had incestuous themes), I decided to take a break this weekend from all the family lovin' and dabble in some poetry instead. I had a new collection on my end table, The Poetry of Sex, I'm currently reading a book called The Grandmothers which contains 4 novellas by Doris Lessing, and I'm miserable. I'm miserable for several reasons, but I'm determined to finish, but I'm also wondering why. Why, Doris Lessing, why are you obsessed with incest? After knocking out two of the four stories (which both had incestuous themes), I decided to take a break this weekend from all the family lovin' and dabble in some poetry instead. I had a new collection on my end table, The Poetry of Sex, recommended to me by Goodreads, probably a result of my review last month of The Best American Erotic Poems. Okay, I decided: Yes, let's read more sexy poems! I couldn't think of a better way to procrastinate finishing this miserable book. Sigh. Well you won't even believe it, but this is one of the first poems I encountered in the book: Guacamole Avocados were somewhere on the lust-list we made sated on the floor of room 404. Write down, you said, write down every wicked little dirty thing you'd like us to try. I pitted the felt-tip against my teeth, then whispered: I want you to carefully split a ripe avocado, loosen its pip, scoop out the warm yellowy flesh and squeeze it to a gentle pulp, then- I stopped-back suddenly at my mother's side, eye-level with hip and kitchen top, glued to her hands as she cuts and twists the wizened pears, mashes in garlic, the devil-tailed chillies, a splash of lime. Ravenous, open-mouthed, I crave to lick the buttery mush between her fingers, the jaded smear from her wrist, to suck her wedding ring, to suck her wedding ring clean. Oh, for fuck's sake. How revolting. Now I can't eat peaches (thanks, Call Me by Your Name) OR guacamole?? And, true story, just a few pages later, I encountered “The Wasp Station,” a poem centered around a young man getting it on with an older woman in a garden shed. Which was pretty hot, until I got to this part: She arrived first, bucking, nails digging into his coal tender. He squealed and spurted, head back like a plume of wind-whipped smoke, then panted in her ear, “I love you, Aunt Alice.”. . . Folks, consider my review of this book my official public service announcement: STOP CONVINCING PEOPLE THAT INCEST IS SEXY AND GO DATE SOMEONE OUTSIDE THE FAMILY. Your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousins are FAMILY MEMBERS, not DATES. This planet is BURSTING with people. Just exploding with them. Don't believe me? Go to Disney World. Go to Mexico City. Go to Bombay. There's scads of people, loads of them, everywhere, who are NOT RELATED TO YOU. Also, while we're at it, here's the second part of my public service announcement: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are NOT sexy poets. Stop including them in these compilations. Please, stop it. I'm reluctantly giving 3 stars to this collection for the following 3 men that saved the book with their contributions: E.E. Cummings D.H. Lawrence Robert Frant (Whoever you are. Call me?) And, stop ruining food for me, people! I'll have nothing left to eat soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jo (A follower of wizards)

    This was a mixed collection of poetry, based on love and sex. When I say mixed, I mean that some of it was pretty subtle, and some were more frank and explicit. I do enjoy reading poetry about sex. I like reading the ways in which poets describe sex, and go about writing about it. These poems conjured up many emotions within me while reading, sadness, excitement, surprise and even plain disgust, I mean, some of these poems could have easily been left out of this book, especially the few that fel This was a mixed collection of poetry, based on love and sex. When I say mixed, I mean that some of it was pretty subtle, and some were more frank and explicit. I do enjoy reading poetry about sex. I like reading the ways in which poets describe sex, and go about writing about it. These poems conjured up many emotions within me while reading, sadness, excitement, surprise and even plain disgust, I mean, some of these poems could have easily been left out of this book, especially the few that felt rather misogynistic, strangely enough. Although I enjoyed some of this poetry, the way in which it was organised was chaotic. I think this could have been laid out in a more orderly fashion, which would have made things easier for the reader. I also don't think that the poetry wasn't as erotic as promised by the editor of the book. I wanted more! However, this was a quick, interesting read for me, and would be ideal read, just before bedtime!

  3. 5 out of 5

    DebsD

    Like many collections from various authors, there were bits of this that I thought were wonderful and bits that I thought were meh. Also a few bits that didn't quite seem to fit in with the subject, but I suppose that's bound to be subjective. A bit over 3*.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kels

    Some of these poems I really enjoyed, some I didn't at all. I liked this one a lot: Rubbish at Adultery Sophie Hannah Must I give up another night To hear you whinge and whine About how terribly grim you feel And what a dreadful swine You are? You say you’ll never leave Your wife and children. Fine; When have I ever asked you to? I’d settle for a kiss. Couldn’t you, for an hour or so, Just leave them out of this? A rare ten minutes off from guilty Diatribes – what bliss. Yes, I’m aware you’re sensitive: A tortu Some of these poems I really enjoyed, some I didn't at all. I liked this one a lot: Rubbish at Adultery Sophie Hannah Must I give up another night To hear you whinge and whine About how terribly grim you feel And what a dreadful swine You are? You say you’ll never leave Your wife and children. Fine; When have I ever asked you to? I’d settle for a kiss. Couldn’t you, for an hour or so, Just leave them out of this? A rare ten minutes off from guilty Diatribes – what bliss. Yes, I’m aware you’re sensitive: A tortured, wounded soul. I’m after passion, thrills, and fun. You say fun takes its toll, So what are we doing here? I fear We’ve lost our common goal. You’re rubbish at adultery. I think you ought to quit. Trouble is, at fidelity, You’re also slightly shit. Choose one and do it properly You stupid, stupid git.

  5. 5 out of 5

    rahul

    The Elephant is Slow to Mate D. H. Lawrence, 1885 - 1930 The elephant, the huge old beast, is slow to mate; he finds a female, they show no haste they wait for the sympathy in their vast shy hearts slowly, slowly to rouse as they loiter along the river-beds and drink and browse and dash in panic through the brake of forest with the herd, and sleep in massive silence, and wake together, without a word. So slowly the great hot elephant hearts grow full of desire, and the great beasts mate in secret at las The Elephant is Slow to Mate D. H. Lawrence, 1885 - 1930 The elephant, the huge old beast, is slow to mate; he finds a female, they show no haste they wait for the sympathy in their vast shy hearts slowly, slowly to rouse as they loiter along the river-beds and drink and browse and dash in panic through the brake of forest with the herd, and sleep in massive silence, and wake together, without a word. So slowly the great hot elephant hearts grow full of desire, and the great beasts mate in secret at last, hiding their fire. Oldest they are and the wisest of beasts so they know at last how to wait for the loneliest of feasts for the full repast. They do not snatch, they do not tear; their massive blood moves as the moon-tides, near, more near till they touch in flood.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rossy

    DNF at 30% Not for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kya Buller

    I often find myself adding bookmarks to the poems about sex in the anthologies I own, it's a topic that I love- because, I love sex, I love to write about sex, I love reading different ways poets have described sex. So when I found this book I had high hopes, and Sophie Hannah didn't let me down. She has done an excellent job of choosing the best poems. I will keep this little book forever.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Manan Desai

    Poetry should taste like sex, says Catullus. This sentence epitomizes this collection of poetry. Despite its name, it includes poems on both love and lust, and their myriad variations. Poems range from explicit to symbolic to mundane. Though, I liked the whole collection very much, I have a few gripes with it. Except for central theme of sex, nothing holds these poems together. It includes works by classical antiquity poets Petronius and Catullus to 16th-17th century poets Shakespeare, Herrick an Poetry should taste like sex, says Catullus. This sentence epitomizes this collection of poetry. Despite its name, it includes poems on both love and lust, and their myriad variations. Poems range from explicit to symbolic to mundane. Though, I liked the whole collection very much, I have a few gripes with it. Except for central theme of sex, nothing holds these poems together. It includes works by classical antiquity poets Petronius and Catullus to 16th-17th century poets Shakespeare, Herrick and Donne to contemporary poets. Also included are a few translated poems. It would have been better if years of publication and original languages were mentioned. But I'm just nitpicking, poetry can be enjoyed in any language without any background. This was my first collection of poetry ever. Until now I used to think poetry is not for me but this book changed that view. Since starting this, I've bought about half a dozen books on poetry and poetry criticism to get most out of them. Everyone who is fond of poetry or erotica should read this collection. Finally, I leave you with this eternal poem by Robert Herrick. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick (1591-1674) Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today To-morrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he's a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he's to setting. That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer; But being spent, the worse, and worst Times still succeed the former. Then be not coy, but use your time, And, while ye may, go marry: For having lost but once your prime, You may forever tarry.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I've been into poetry lately & I thought I would give this a whirl. Who knew that there could be so many different poems out there about sex? I felt a wide variety of emotions as I read the poems: excitement, confusion, surprise, disgust. You get the idea. I liked how the poems were grouped into different categories. I don't think it would have worked as well, otherwise.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen Wellsbury

    I really enjoyed this, I bought it because it had Rich Goodsons 'Daniel Craig: The Screensaver', in it which is one of my favorite poems of recent times, but there is a good mix of old, new, familiar and not in this anthology. And oh yes, the cover - it is pretty damn good

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (155 Books)

    3.75* This was a fun, interesting, funny and sometimes weird collection of poetry covering the topics of love and sex. I am currently really enjoying reading poetry and poetry collections and I think this one was a great pick for a newbie in the poetry genre.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Borders (Re)Imagined

    An interesting selection, split into eight sections, with the well known and canonically established sprinkled into the more contemporary and, in short, blunt. A guilty pleasure of a poetic volume.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jorun Bork

    Loved every single line of this collection. Would highly recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    HighFidelity

    Neke bezobrazne, neke cudne, neke dosadne, neke lepe sa preciznoscu da te ubodu u srce.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aric Hluch

    A fine collection of erotic poetry, but some poems felt out of place or needless.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    3.5 (W H Auden is a saucy boi)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Corden

    NOT a sex book in the vein of Fifty Shades blah blah blah – rather, a collection of poems on the subject of sex in it’s many, varied forms, edited by Sophie Hannah, herself a poet and crime novelist. Stand-outs were pieces from Whitman and Auden (as you’d expect); “I Sing The Body Electric” and “The Platonic Blow (A Day For A Lay)”, respectively. There were a couple of interesting poems on observations of sex-workers from Fiona Pitt-Kethley (who is apparently very much into feral cats, in a big w NOT a sex book in the vein of Fifty Shades blah blah blah – rather, a collection of poems on the subject of sex in it’s many, varied forms, edited by Sophie Hannah, herself a poet and crime novelist. Stand-outs were pieces from Whitman and Auden (as you’d expect); “I Sing The Body Electric” and “The Platonic Blow (A Day For A Lay)”, respectively. There were a couple of interesting poems on observations of sex-workers from Fiona Pitt-Kethley (who is apparently very much into feral cats, in a big way. Spanish ones.) Most poems in this collection were humorous, which I liked. It made for a quick, pacey read. However the organisation of the works I found to be very chaotic. And I certainly didn’t find it as ‘raunchy’ as was intended by the editor. Although I have recently read Catherine Millet’s “The Sexual Life of Catharine M”… Some that were included…well, I’m really not sure why they were included – I counted five that were downright awful, and strangely misogynist compared with the feel of the collection as a whole. But you can’t please everyone! Overall I enjoyed the frivolous escapism offered by this frothy coffee of a read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Fantastic selections. Standout poems are: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Naomi Foyle Remember, Body... - Cavafy Hombres Necios - Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz To Her Ancient Lover - John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester You come to me quiet as rain not yet fallen - Brian Patten but my favorites are: Hypothetical - Maria Taylor "My marriage is a dead gull. My neighbors come into the room shaking heads oh dear oh dear oh dear..." And Looking Back - A. F. Harrold "Sometimes a hand in or of or from the past can make u Fantastic selections. Standout poems are: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Naomi Foyle Remember, Body... - Cavafy Hombres Necios - Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz To Her Ancient Lover - John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester You come to me quiet as rain not yet fallen - Brian Patten but my favorites are: Hypothetical - Maria Taylor "My marriage is a dead gull. My neighbors come into the room shaking heads oh dear oh dear oh dear..." And Looking Back - A. F. Harrold "Sometimes a hand in or of or from the past can make us come alive again without our realising that it is that's being done"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gunita Zaube

    I have bought this book after event "Sophie Hannah and friends: The Poetry of Sex" @ Canada Water Library. I have enjoyed the evening with poets whose poems are included in this Anthology - Sophie Hannah, Dan Burt, Tim Liardet, Nic Aubury, Caroline Bird and Fleur Adcock. The Poetry of Sex is a collection of poems ranging from ancient to modern. Highly enjoyable collection. My favourite are 2 short poems "Casanever" and "The Couple Upstairs" written by Nic Aubury.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna Bowdler

    given the title i was expecting a hell of a lot more spice and it hasnt - totally disappointing tbph :( i wanted it to be so much more - i've read a lot better than the material in this book from the likes of Little Miss Peppermint. this book leaves a lot to be desired and quite frankly its colder than my freezer. i'd have given it zero stars if had that option tbh do not waste your money

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rashida

    (3.5 stars) A good mix of poems from different eras, with different depictions of love and sex and desire. I liked the way they were grouped, too. The only thing that annoyed me was a comment in the intro about "intersectional feminists checking their privilege" in response to some hoo-haa over rape fantasies and the like. But I can ignore that seeing as the poems themselves were fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    L.

    Some highlight quotes: "A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing is lacking,” “arms I’d die for should they ever press too hard against my throat.” "So, when you find me wanting, do you suspect that I’m wanting you too much?"

  23. 4 out of 5

    A.

    meh.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Minka Guides

    Excellent collection.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karl Möller

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lavanya Arora

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jon Jack Neil

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laala Alghata

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arindam Mallick

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steph Sanderson

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