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Intimate Kisses

The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure
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Paperback Book
New World Library
December, 2003
$19.50 CAD
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Behind each eye here,

one glowing weather.


Every forest branch moves differently

in the breeze, but as they sway

they connect at the roots.


Through some of the richest, most celebrated poetry every written, Intimate Kisses revels in life’s greatest mystery and breaks through the negative cultural messages that tell us feeling good must be bad, and that only cheesy, second-rate erotica can excite. Included in this anthology are 120 poems by such poets as Marge Piercy, Emily Dickinson, Rumi, Nikki Giovanni, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, Molly Peacock, Jane Hirscfield, Galway Kinnell, as well as dozens of lesser-known and unpublished poets. While all of these poems are resonant with juicy heat, there is a poem for every mood, every sensibility, and they can help you ponder your own feelings about sexuality and relationships—and read deeper and more truthfully into how you feel about what you have, and haven’t experienced.

In his introduction to these poems, Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, writes: “I don’t believe that anyone knows what sex is. It’s the greatest mystery in human life and more profoundly connected with birth and death than we could ever imagine... Perhaps we can learn from this intelligent and pleasing gathering of poems to see the poetry that sex offers our own lives. Sex... keeps the imagination connected to desire, which is the formula for life.”

Awakened and alive with wonder,

we created a sculpture

shimmering with love.

                               —dara prisamt


The spread blooms of our bodies

blend and shift and merge again until

we know as Monet knew in the crystal rush

of water over the sun-glazed lilies

the radiance of an instant.

        —sarah brown weitzman

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