All We Know of Pleasure

All We Know of Pleasure

17.95

Poetic Erotica by Women

Enid Shomer, Editor

ISBN: 9780932112972

Forthcoming from BLAIR November 6, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

A groundbreaking anthology of well-known female poets that broadens traditional notions of erotic poetry.

 

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Here is the good stuff: poetry written by women that actually excites  the thinking reader. This anthology of work spanning the last seventy-five years will broaden readers’ notions of what defines erotic poetry. For what is more intriguing, more satisfying than strong, self-assured writing? This groundbreaking anthology includes our most popular women writers—among them Natalie Diaz, Nikki Giovanni, Louise Glück, Jane Hirshfield, Erica Jong, Dorianne Laux, Denise Levertov, Audre Lorde, Sharon Olds, Adrienne Rich, and Anne Sexton.

These poets fully demonstrate that, far from being prurient, the erotic can permeate even the mundane aspects of life—from reading a book  to buying clothes. 

At the same time, the collection affirms the enormous meaningfulness of poetry—its ability to express the inexpressible and to illuminate the most private and intimate of human experiences. The poets included here represent different ethnicities, sexualities, geographies, and social classes. Their commonality: they are women writing about sex.


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ENID SHOMER, anthology editor, is the author of four books of poetry and three of fiction, most recently the novel The Twelve Rooms of the Nile (Simon & Schuster, 2012). Her work has been collected in more than fifty anthologies and textbooks, including POETRY: A Harper Collins Pocket Anthology, Best American Poetry, and New Stories from the South. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing from the Florida Humanities Council.