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Private Parts: Erotic Poetry by Women


This morning I was over at the Harriet blog when I saw this post:

Lenore Kandel reads the poem "To !@#$ with Love" and talks about The Love Book:

http://t.co/zD5msG2a

Having never heard of Kandel or The Love Book, I decided to look her up, and here is some of what I found:

"Remembering Poet Leonore Kandel" (includes biographical info):

Three Poems from The Book of Love:

http://users.livejournal.com/_nerdpunk_/61388.html

"Private Parts: Erotic Poetry by Women" (an essay by Joyce Nower):

http://www.thealsopreview.com/messages/34/489.html?1264435891

Nower's article is an interesting overview of erotic poetry written by women. (I think her assessment of Kandel is too harsh; she focuses in on the language used in one poem and dismisses everything else.)

Years ago Barbara Kingsolver wrote an essay on writing about sex for the first time as more than a "(Space break!)":

"A Forbidden Territory Familiar to All"

http://partners.nytimes.com/library/books/032700kingsolver-writing.html

I think I may have posted Kingsolver's essay some place before, but I don't know where. Anyway, food for thought.

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Wow. Great stuff in there. I really like the 3 pieces by Leonore Kandel.
That kind of visceral thump is critical to the vibrancy of poetry IMO.

I know a few ladies who write some amazing erotic stuff that seemingly flows from the background radiation of Aditi. You can’t get too close to that kind of energy because it will incinerate you. I think that’s why some are harsh about it because underneath they’re afraid!

Opie.
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Very cool thread, Kat.

I read the Kandel link -- how liberating and joyful. I have lived in oblivion. I also loved the Kingsolver essay and that's as far as I've gotten, but two things tickled me especially in her piece:

quote:

There is, of course, the claim that women who make a public show of being acquainted with sexuality are expressing deviance, but that's also said about women who make a show of knowing anything, and I can't imagine being daunted by such nonsense.



Power to any woman poet or novelist who bucks the Puritanical code.

quote:

We live in a strange land where marketers can display teenage models in the receptive lordotic posture (look it up) to sell jeans or liquor, but the basics of human procreation can't be discussed in a middle-school science class without sparking parental ire. The same is true for evolution, incidentally, and I think the reason is the same: our tradition is to deny, for all we're worth, that we're in any way connected with the rest of life on earth. We don't come from it, we're not part of it, we own it.



I only wish I'd said this. Well, I kinda have, in about 500 conversations, faculty meetings etc. Though not in so many words, nor so eloquently, and without the word "lordotic" which I did not know until just now (having looked it up).

Recently human sexuality and the reproductive system (a joint health/science curriculum) has been taught to my 6th grade students in my classroom, so I've sat at my desk working, able to dedicate a part of my consciousness to listening. It's been wonderful. The teacher, a friend and colleague of mine for many years, is a joyful, enthusiastic, brilliant teacher. She makes it all normal, yet thrilling. The kids talk, question, comment. Everything is touched upon from the scientific terminology for every part of the reproductive systems, to how sperm manages to find egg to the physical pleasure of sex to the changes of an adolescent body/mind -- something many of these kids are starting to experience and they need it all demystified. Words like erection, clitoris, vulva, vas deferens, ejaculation are bandied about like -- well, the normal words they are.

Maybe we should teach great literature that contains graphic, joyful sex? As Kignsolver points out, according to literature, people hardly think about sex let alone practice it and wow, what a lie!
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Said while holding a cigar between two fingers in my best Groucho Marx imitation:

I used to write erotica. Got pretty good at it. Maybe too good.

ta ta dum

Tere
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