Passionate Hearts: The Poetry of Sexual Love

Contributor note: Molly Peacock (Preface), Barry W. McCarthy (Foreword)
Publish yr note: First released in 1997
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Compiled via well known intercourse therapist and writer Wendy Maltz, Passionate Hearts is a impressive anthology of intimate, emotionally specific, but obtainable poetry, representing new voices in addition to the main respected modern poets. Culled from vintage works of poetry, unpublished paintings solicited specially for the booklet, and poetry and erotica journals, those poems have fun sexual connection and expression.

Contributors comprise Sharon Olds, Gary Soto, E. E. cummings, Marge Piercy, Raymond Carver, Galway Kinnell, Pablo Neruda, and Tess Gallagher.

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The motion of our hands while talking, starting up a beginning place of sharing: a first motion of touching • 27• Passionate Hearts with a magic possibility of keeping the closeness of this night, inside. alan yount • 28• T E N D E R AWA K E N I N G S SPRING STORM I stood in the doorway for the longest time after you left looking at the night listening to the night feeling the cold against the warmth of my body feeling your touch ripening on my body It would have been too easy to welcome you inside me succumb to the rhythm of waves washing over me As much as that would be it wouldn’t be enough I would never know who was on the other side of your skin johanna rayl • 29• Passionate Hearts THE RIVER All the bright day I rode my bike along the river gold flashing among the dizzy leaves water clear and rushing over stones the sound drawing me on.

To choose is never a casual act, nor is love, nor is any handmade gift. I have unwrapped myself: If you hold back, your hand will remain empty, a high cost for no interest. With a single touch, we balance gain and loss — the feel of choice. martha elizabeth • 37• Passionate Hearts I HAVE TOUCHED your hair with the palms of my hands I have fingered the strands around and around your ears with my words I have tickled with laughter your neck with my tongue with my teeth with my lips I have kissed your thighs with my thighs pressing between ha!

As a relationship progresses, partners build a platform on which different dances and expressions occur. In the third chapter, “Varied Dances,” we see sex explored in all sorts of settings. The poets show us how to tackle the challenges of a long-term relationship. How do we remain sexual when beset by boredom, stress, disappointments, children at the door? How do we rekindle the spark that attracted us in the first place? How shall we seduce the partner we know so well? In “Deeper Intimacies,” the fourth chapter, we see the possibilities for what might happen when a couple remains together and remains sexual for a long time.

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