Erotic Spirit An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love, and Longing

ISBN-10: 1570622345

ISBN-13: 9781570622342

Edition: 2003

Authors: Sam Hamill
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Description: 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.

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/30/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Sam Hamill was born in 1943 and at the age of 3, was adopted from foster care by a family from Utah. Early experiences with violence, theft, jail time, and boot camp were offset by his growing interest in poetry. He attended Los Angeles Valley College and the University of California in Santa Barbara. As a UCSB student, Hamill won a $500 award for producing the best university literary magazine in the country. With that money he left UCSB and co-founded the all-poetry Copper Canyon Press with Bill O'Daly and Tree Swenson. Hamill was editor-printer for the press from 1972 until 2004. He has written more than a dozen collections of poetry including Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995, Gratitude, Dumb Luck, Almost Paradise: New and Selected Poems and Translations, and Measured by Stone. He also published several collections of essays and numerous translations including A Poet's Work and Crossing the Yellow River: 300 Poems from the Chinese. He has taught in prisons, in artist-in-residency programs, and has worked extensively with battered woman and children. He has won two Washington Governor's Arts Awards, the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing, and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award for poetry.

Preface
The little sycamore she planted
My lover is a lotus blossom
He is the love-wolf
He is almost a god, a man beside you
I love
Eros seizes and shakes my very soul
Weaving a garland long ago
Think how unspeakably sweet
Didyme waved an olive branch at me
from The Song of Songs (ca. 3rd century bce)
Peeking in through
Whether I see you now
Her foot sparkled like silver
How could I have known
I can't hear to watch your hips
Her perfect naked breast
He is like a god
My woman says she'd rather have me
Sweet sparrow, my lover's pet
Your sins have brought my mind so low
My lovely, sweet Ipsithilla
Xanthippe, singing at her lyre
Elegy to His Mistress
Doing, a Filthy Pleasure Is, and Short
Busy in the Spring
A Smile
Song
Beautiful Melite, in the throes of middle age
Phyllis, loving Demophoon
And there lay the lovers, lip-locked
Come, give me kisses, Rhodope
Take off your clothes, my love!
Even clothed in wrinkles, dear Philinna
Women of Yueh
Blue Water
Resentment Near the Jade Steps
Longing for Someone
Late evening finally comes
When my wife left home
Lament
Remembering
Bamboo Mat
Elegy
Empty House
Melancholic
Is that the same moon?
To the Tune: The Wine Spring ("Eternal autumn rain--")
To the Tune: The Wine Spring ("Rain falls ...")
Early morning glows
As night follows night
I long for him most
My black hair tangled
When I think of you
Song
I'd sell my soul for that fawn
That's it--I love that fawn
Faint Thunder Drifts beneath the Willow
The Pool Is Full of Autumn Sky, Rippled by Gentle Breezes
Deep, Deep in the Shade of the Court
Remembering My Wife
Plum Blossoms
Spring at Wu Ling
Butterflies Love Flowers
The Washing Stream
Boat of Stars
On Her Decision to Stop Wearing Clothes
Like This
You that love Lovers
When I see Your Face
What I want is to see your face
On Love
If constancy in love ...
Love delivers to me its sweetest thoughts
Face to Face with My Lover on Daito's Anniversary
Song of the Dream Garden
My Hand Is Lady Mori's Hand
Night Talk in a Dream Chamber
My Love's Dark Place Is Fragrant like Narcissus
Elegy
Give up erotic games, Kabir
Sometimes, everywhere I look
First Love
Dark One
Don't block my way, friend
Having wet me with love
A glimpse of your body
Sonnet CXXIX
As if to lift my babe-in-arms
When I found her in the bathing pool
All day she studies her new love-bite in the mirror
Loveliness beyond words
Delight in Disorder
Clothes Do but Cheat and Cozen Us
Upon the Nipples of Julia's Breast
To His Mistress
To My Dear and Loving Husband
Your breasts will not fall
To His Coy Mistress
Song for a Girl
Which Contains a Fantasy Satisfied with a Love Befitting It
Oysters
from Visions
The Question Answer'd
Sharing Eve's Apple
Woman's Love Song
from I Sing the Body Electric
from I Sing the Body Electric
A Woman Waits for Me
I Am He That Aches with Love
City of Orgies
Possessed
I won't care
Wild Nights
Fires run through my body ...
Oxaitoq's Song
Passion and Love
Longing
If I were a poet
Spring quickly passes
A thousand strands
Are you still longing
The Guest
The Unfaithful Wife
Body of a Woman
Love Song
Sottoportico San Zaccaria
Quietly
More Beautiful than Your Eyes
A Coal Fire in Winter
Two Sonnets
Our Bodies
The Mutes
The Glass
A Form of Women
The Rain
from Twenty-one Love Poems
The Most Ancient Names of Fire
Poem for Easter
The women you are accustomed to
Song at midnight
Night comes and extinguishes the numbers ...
Ten Thousand Sutras
from Brief Lessons in Eroticism I
For Every Heart
Perpetua
Shiva's Prowess
The Lovers
The Thief
Notes on the Poets
Credits
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