9781570622342

The Erotic Spirit

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  • ISBN13:

    9781570622342

  • ISBN10:

    1570622345

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-03-30
  • Publisher: Shambhala

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Sam Hamill is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and translations from the classical Chinese and Japanese, ancient Greek, Latin, and other languages. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He lives near Port Townsend, Washington.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. XVII
The little sycamore she plantedp. 1
My lover is a lotus blossomp. 2
He is the love-wolfp. 3
He is almost a god, a man beside youp. 4
I lovep. 5
Eros seizes and shakes my very soulp. 6
Weaving a garland long agop. 7
Think how unspeakably sweetp. 8
Didyme waved an olive branch at mep. 9
from The Song of Songs (ca. 3rd century bce)p. 10
Peeking in throughp. 19
Whether I see you nowp. 20
Her foot sparkled like silverp. 21
How could I have knownp. 22
I can't hear to watch your hipsp. 23
Her perfect naked breastp. 24
He is like a godp. 25
My woman says she'd rather have mep. 26
Sweet sparrow, my lover's petp. 27
Your sins have brought my mind so lowp. 28
My lovely, sweet Ipsithillap. 29
Xanthippe, singing at her lyrep. 30
Elegy to His Mistressp. 31
Doing, a Filthy Pleasure Is, and Shortp. 33
Busy in the Springp. 34
A Smilep. 35
Songp. 36
Beautiful Melite, in the throes of middle agep. 37
Phyllis, loving Demophoonp. 38
And there lay the lovers, lip-lockedp. 39
Come, give me kisses, Rhodopep. 40
Take off your clothes, my love!p. 41
Even clothed in wrinkles, dear Philinnap. 42
Women of Yuehp. 43
Blue Waterp. 44
Resentment Near the Jade Stepsp. 45
Longing for Someonep. 46
Late evening finally comesp. 47
When my wife left homep. 48
Lamentp. 49
Rememberingp. 50
Bamboo Matp. 51
Elegyp. 52
Empty Housep. 54
Melancholicp. 55
Is that the same moon?p. 56
To the Tune: The Wine Spring ("Eternal autumn rain--")p. 57
To the Tune: The Wine Spring ("Rain falls ...")p. 58
Early morning glowsp. 59
As night follows nightp. 60
I long for him mostp. 61
My black hair tangledp. 62
When I think of youp. 63
Songp. 64
I'd sell my soul for that fawnp. 65
That's it--I love that fawnp. 66
Faint Thunder Drifts beneath the Willowp. 67
The Pool Is Full of Autumn Sky, Rippled by Gentle Breezesp. 68
Deep, Deep in the Shade of the Courtp. 69
Remembering My Wifep. 70
Plum Blossomsp. 72
Spring at Wu Lingp. 73
Butterflies Love Flowersp. 74
The Washing Streamp. 75
Boat of Starsp. 76
On Her Decision to Stop Wearing Clothesp. 77
Like Thisp. 78
You that love Loversp. 81
When I see Your Facep. 82
What I want is to see your facep. 83
On Lovep. 85
If constancy in love ...p. 86
Love delivers to me its sweetest thoughtsp. 87
Face to Face with My Lover on Daito's Anniversaryp. 88
Song of the Dream Gardenp. 89
My Hand Is Lady Mori's Handp. 90
Night Talk in a Dream Chamberp. 91
My Love's Dark Place Is Fragrant like Narcissusp. 92
Elegyp. 93
Give up erotic games, Kabirp. 94
Sometimes, everywhere I lookp. 95
First Lovep. 96
Dark Onep. 97
Don't block my way, friendp. 98
Having wet me with lovep. 99
A glimpse of your bodyp. 100
Sonnet CXXIXp. 101
As if to lift my babe-in-armsp. 102
When I found her in the bathing poolp. 103
All day she studies her new love-bite in the mirrorp. 104
Loveliness beyond wordsp. 105
Delight in Disorderp. 106
Clothes Do but Cheat and Cozen Usp. 107
Upon the Nipples of Julia's Breastp. 108
To His Mistressp. 109
To My Dear and Loving Husbandp. 110
Your breasts will not fallp. 111
To His Coy Mistressp. 112
Song for a Girlp. 114
Which Contains a Fantasy Satisfied with a Love Befitting Itp. 115
Oystersp. 116
from Visionsp. 117
The Question Answer'dp. 118
Sharing Eve's Applep. 119
Woman's Love Songp. 121
from I Sing the Body Electricp. 122
from I Sing the Body Electricp. 124
A Woman Waits for Mep. 126
I Am He That Aches with Lovep. 129
City of Orgiesp. 130
Possessedp. 131
I won't carep. 132
Wild Nightsp. 133
Fires run through my body ...p. 134
Oxaitoq's Songp. 135
Passion and Lovep. 136
Longingp. 137
If I were a poetp. 138
Spring quickly passesp. 139
A thousand strandsp. 140
Are you still longingp. 141
The Guestp. 142
The Unfaithful Wifep. 144
Body of a Womanp. 147
Love Songp. 148
Sottoportico San Zaccariap. 149
Quietlyp. 150
More Beautiful than Your Eyesp. 151
A Coal Fire in Winterp. 153
Two Sonnetsp. 154
Our Bodiesp. 156
The Mutesp. 158
The Glassp. 160
A Form of Womenp. 161
The Rainp. 163
from Twenty-one Love Poemsp. 165
The Most Ancient Names of Firep. 166
Poem for Easterp. 168
The women you are accustomed top. 170
Song at midnightp. 171
Night comes and extinguishes the numbers ...p. 173
Ten Thousand Sutrasp. 174
from Brief Lessons in Eroticism Ip. 176
For Every Heartp. 179
Perpetuap. 180
Shiva's Prowessp. 181
The Loversp. 183
The Thiefp. 185
Notes on the Poetsp. 187
Creditsp. 205
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