The Erotic Spirit
An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love, and Longing
ISBN10: 1570622345 ISBN13: 9781570622342 Publisher: Sounds True Published: May 1 1999 Pages: 200 Weight: 0.50lbs. Height: 7.25" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
This extraordinary collection of poems--covering thirty centuries of poetry from around the world--celebrates the erotic spirit in all its forms, from the passion of sexual desire to the intense longing for spiritual union. Beginning with anonymous Egyptian love songs from the fifteenth century BCE and continuing up to today's finest poets, the book draws on a broad range of cultural and spiritual traditions, including ancient Greek and Roman erotic poems, ecstatic Sufi songs, Chinese elegies for lost lovers, and bawdy English satires. Many of the poems are presented here in new translations by the editor, Sam Hamill, one of America's premier poet translators.