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by David Lehman

  • ISBN: 1416537465
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: David Lehman
  • Subcategory: Poetry
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Pages: 336 pages
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  • Rating: 4.4
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His books of poetry include Poems in the Manner Of, New and Selected Poems, Yeshiva Boys, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror

His books of poetry include Poems in the Manner Of, New and Selected Poems, Yeshiva Boys, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

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There is a deep tradition of eroticism in American poetry. Thoughtful, provocative, moving, and sometimes mirthful, the poems collected in The Best American Erotic Poems celebrate this exuberant sensuality.

David Lehman’s anthology The Best American Erotic Poems is actually two anthologies. From 1800 to the Present. 300 pp. Scribner Poetry. The first is a sampler of faultless poems about sex by dead Americans like Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Gertrude Stein and Wallace Stevens. There are some nice, smart, surprising choices: William Carlos Williams’s Young Sycamore rather than his better-known Queen Anne’s Lace, and Frost’s savage poem The Subverted Flower.

From 1800 to the Present.

He was a writer and freelance journalist for fifteen years, writing for such publications as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He taught and was the Poetry Coordinator at The New School in New York City until May 2018. These poems range across the. These poems range across the varied landscapes of love and sex and desire - from the intimate parts of the body to the end of an affair, from passion to solitary self-pleasure. With candor and imagination, they capture the delights and torments of sex and sexuality, nudity, love, lust, and the secret life of fantasy.

There is a deep tradition of eroticism in American poetry. Thoughtful, provocative, moving, and sometimes mirthful, the poems collected in The Best American Erotic Poems celebrate this exuberant sensuality. These poems range across the varied landscapes of love and sex and desire -- from the intimate parts of the body to the end of an affair, from passion to solitary self-pleasure. With candor and imagination, they capture the delights and torments of sex and sexuality, nudity, love, lust, and the secret life of fantasy. David Lehman, the distinguished editor of the celebrated Best American Poetry series, has culled a witty, titillating, and alluring collection that starts with Francis Scott Key, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Hart Crane, encompasses Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, John Updike, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Kevin Young, and Sharon Olds, and concludes with the rising stars of a whole new generation of versifiers, including Sarah Manguso, Ravi Shankar, and Brenda Shaughnessy. In a section of the book that is sure to prompt discussion and further reading, the living poets write about their favorite works of erotic writing. This book will delight, surprise, and inspire.
Reviews about The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present (7):
Otiel
I have been interested in poetry most of my life. When I saw this 300 page hardcover (The best American Erotic Poems: from 1800 to the present edited by David Lehman) volume for a bargain price on Amazon I immediately purchased it. This wonderful collection has contributions from numerous American poets focusing on the topic of erotica.

Interestingly, the list of poets writing poems on love and erotica includes some of the most famous poets of history. The following are just a sample of the many well-known and respected poets who contributed to this unique and enjoyable collection: Francis Scott Key, “On a Young Lady’s going into a shower bath.” Edgar Allan Poe, “Song” (“I saw thee on thy bridal day). Walt Whitman, “I sing the body electric.” George Henry Boker, from “Sonnets: a sequence on profane love.” Emily Dickinson, “Come slowly-Eden!” “Wild nights- Wild nights!” “In winter in my room” and two other poems. Robert Frost, “The subverted flower.” Gertrude Stein, “Lifting belly.” Tennessee Williams, “Life story.” Allen Ginsberg, “Love poems on a theme by Whitman.”

There are so many wonderful and thoughtful poems in this book that this short review cannot do it justice. I enjoyed reading so many of the poems that once I began reading this book I could not put it down until I finished it. I also loved the contributor’s notes section where many of the contributors wrote what their own personal favorite erotic writers were and why they liked the writer.

If you love erotic poetry this is a collection that should be part of your personal library of poems. I am sure you can pick up this volume at a reasonable price on Amazon and other book sellers. I found this volume to be a fun and enjoyable read.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute)
WtePSeLNaGAyko
If you are looking for titillation this is not the place. If you are looking for an historical review of the genre then here it is. The poems are arranged chronologically by authors' birth date so the history is of the development of erotic thought. You can see not only development of eroticism but you get a good feeling for what was allowable at changing times. Here are all types of poems; sonnets, prose poems, rhymes, free verse, some very short, some several pages. They are uniformly good, some really excellent. And they all have the central erotic theme in common. Most delve the relationships and deep feelings of men and women but there is a reasonable sampling of men and men and women and women, as well as one or two fantasies.

The historical perspective is important and the development of erotic poetry is well displayed. As usual Lehman's selection seems very good. You are sure to find some favorites. If you are interested in intellectual and artistic eroticism you will something of interest here.
Fog
I found many of the poems amusing but was finally disappointed that so few include a spirituality of eroticism. The collection is more sexual than erotic, more amusing than evocative. Americans, I suspect, just don't get eroticism. Although the Song of Songs is included in both Protestant and Catholic Bibles, we're too squeamish to read it. So when we finally turn away from the anti-sexual Puritan tradition our sexuality becomes an athletic event or an "experience," a kind of secularized born again. American eroticism is satisfied with mere lust and fails to ache for the mysterious communion of enfleshed spirits. I found my other purchases -- the Everyman Collection of Erotic Poetry and Sam Hamill's The Erotic Spirit -- more rooted in the ancient erotic tradition and more satisfying.
Varshav
I checked this book out from the library and after renewing it twice, I figured I ought to break down and buy it. And I did because, happily, it's out in paperback.

Readers, this book was/is NOT a waste of money, no sireeee. It's loaded with passion, veiled hot passages, steamy yearnings, wit, angst, lust/love and even a funny poem that made me laugh out loud. My copy is hilighted and dog-eared and indispensable.

I even sent a spanking new copy to a good friend for her upcoming birthday in July. (Don't buy this book if you're a reviewing friend of mine who loves poetry....you know who you are! LOL!) It's winging its way to you even as I write this review.

Anthologies are the way to go. This one is like a ten course meal with the finest wine and deserts. Buy it, read it, praise it to every poetry lover you know.
Xangeo
One of the best collections of sensual words you’ll find. I lost my first copy and had to by a second. It. Stays on my nightstand.
Zyniam
a great selection of poems
Giamah
There is a deep tradition of eroticism in American poetry. Thoughtful, provocative, moving, and sometimes mirthful, the poems collected in The Best American Erotic Poems celebrate this exuberant sensuality.
Some of the poems are very old, but many are very good !

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