Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure edited by Wendy Maltz
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(New World Library, 2001, ISBN 1-57731-133-7 hardcover and 1-57731-133-7 paperback) Foreword by Thomas Moore. Intimate Kisses is an erotic, yet sensitive, collection of poems that describe sexual pleasure based on intimacy.
This anthology takes a fresh look at sexual enjoyment, through some of the richest, most penetrating poetry ever written. Included in this anthology are 120 poems by such renowned poets as Marge Piercy, Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Rumi, Nikki Giovanni, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, Molly Peacock, Anne Sexton, Dorianne Laux, Kenneth Rexroth, Jane Hirshfield, Galway Kinnell, and W.S. Merwin, as well as by dozens of newer voices.
A full-range of sexual pleasure is revealed, as the poems explore different aspects of sexual enjoyment; from anticipating intimacy, through experience, to the pleasure of reflecting back on satisfying sexual times together. These poems provide an excellent way to turn up the heat in a romance. Michael Grosso’s words: “Nothing is sexier than the naked mind-nothing more seductive than the inventive imagination.”
Praise for Intimate Kisses:
“I am grateful beyond expression for Wendy Maltz’s achievement. It gives me hope by calling on one of the more significant gifts of sexuality–the sensuous pleasure of well-selected, well-mated words.”
–from the foreword by Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and The Soul of Sex
“I have bookmarked half the poems in this book! There is a poem for every mood, every sensibility. These poets help you ponder your own feelings about sexuality and relationships–and read deeper and more truthful into how you feel about what you have, and haven’t, experienced. Reading this book was a total pleasure.”
–Dr. Pepper Schwartz, professor of Sociology, University of Washington, author of The Great Sex Weekend
“These poems illustrate how rewarding sexual interaction is when a conscious connection exists between one’s heart, one’s genitals, and one’s lover. Sex that is enjoyable on many levels catalyzes personal energy and aliveness. It leaves us feeling relaxed in mind and body, as well as content in spirit.”
–from the introduction by Wendy Maltz