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Renowned sex therapist and author, Wendy Maltz assembled this collection of poetry, hoping to offer inspiration to couples who like it hot, but also heartfelt. This is an excellently edited selection--void of flowery nonsense or male-domination fantasies disguised in pretty-clothed words. We are given visions and vignettes as satiating and stirring as the act itself. For parents of young children there's even a chapter devoted to the urgency of get-it-while-you-can, as well as the deepening sexuality that comes with parenthood. "Sex has a way of softening limbs, / oiling joints and melding hearts ...," writes poet Wendy Lee. And so does this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


All Day At Work by Deborah Abbott
First Night by Julia H. Ackerman
Alone In Your House by Kim Theresa Addonizio
Waking Up Twice by James Anderson
Good God, What A Night That Was by Petronius Arbiter
Envoi: Waking After Snow by David Baker
And This Is So by Joseph H. Ball
Tango'd Love by J. B. Bernstein
In Bed This Morning by Teresa Blagg
Twin Flames by James Broughton
Privacy by Olga Broumas
Look At Me by Kim Ly Bui-burton
My Love Is Like A Lily by Kim Ly Bui-burton
Poem For R by Kim Ly Bui-burton
Love Poem by E. K. Caldwell
Flight From The Marriage Bed by Lisa M. Carbone
Adagio At Twilight by John Carter
Woman Bathing by Raymond Carver
Return by Constantine P. Cavafy
Complicated Shadows by Stephen Dale Corey
I Like My Body When It Is With Your by Edward Estlin Cummings
Dog Days And Delta Nights by Franz Douskey
Wet Bodies by Franz Douskey
Manon Reassures Her Lover by Martha Elizabeth
She Teaches Him To Reach Out by Martha Elizabeth
Late Afternoon by Molly Fisk
Red River by Molly Fisk
Encounter by Rick Fournier
Little Invitation In A Hushed Voice by Tess Gallagher
Sea Inside The Sea by Tess Gallagher
Keys by Barbara J. Garshman
Fortunately The Skins by Judy Grahn
Balance by James Harris
Half-sleeping by Jane Hirshfield
The Music Like Water by Jane Hirshfield
Of Gravity & Angels by Jane Hirshfield
To Drink by Jane Hirshfield
The Pleasure Of Feeling Inside Your Body by Rochelle Lynn Holt
Wanting You by Terra Hunter
Foreplay by Natasha Josefowitz
Music by Natasha Josefowitz
Learning To Laugh by Allison Joseph
Pleasure by Allison Joseph
Thunder Storm by George Keithley
Moonburn by Laura H. Kennedy
Untitled: 1 by Laura H. Kennedy
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps by Galway Kinnell
Last Gods by Galway Kinnell
Transformation: The Phoenix Is Rising by Adria Klinger
Midnight by Alison Welsh Kolodinsky
Married Love by Kuan Tao Sheng
The Thief by Dorianne Laux
Lovers' Duet by Wendy Lee
Sex Has A Way by Wendy Lee
Far In by Rachel Loden
With Thanks To Eddie Shaw by Janet Lowe
A Decade by Amy Lowell
Loving Along Western Rivers by Stephen Lyons
Remembering by Stephen Lyons
Touching You Under Water by Stephen Lyons
Middle Age by Arlene L. Mandell
Bedside by Clive Matson
Orchestration by Jane Mayes
Anniversary by Gary Metras
Vanishing Point by Gary Metras
He Kneels On The Rumpled Bed by Gail Morse
Our Love by Jo Nelson
The Knowing by Sharon Olds
New Mother by Sharon Olds
Lullaby by Molly Peacock
My God, Why Are You Crying? by Molly Peacock
The Purr by Molly Peacock
The Return by Molly Peacock
The Surge by Molly Peacock
Implications Of One Plus One by Marge Piercy
It Arrives Suddenly And Carries Us Off As Usual by Marge Piercy
Morning Love Song by Marge Piercy
Desire by Kim Ports
The Morning After by Johari Mahasin Rashad
Place Setting by Johari Mahasin Rashad
Spring Storm by Johanna Rayl
Drunk As Drunk On Turpentine by Naftali Ricardo Reyes Basuato
Aubade by Kate Richardson
Nostalgia by Charles Rossiter
Your Body Glistens From The Bath by Charles Rossiter
The Very Floor Of Our Existence by June Billings Safford
Giving Thanks by Anne K. Smith
Praise by Anne K. Smith
Springtime At Twilight by Michael S. Smith
Watering The New Lawn by Michael S. Smith
The Blossom by Thomas R. Smith
The Trees That Change Our Lives by Gary Soto
An Aubade by Timothy Reid Steele
The Image Was Of Me Flowing Through You by David Steinberg
Purple Is The Color Of The Longing by David Steinberg
Slowly, Slowly by David Steinberg
With You I Begin by David Steinberg
Her Back To Me by Edward William Stever
A Need For Armor by Eileen Stratidakis
Old Moon With Her Youth In Her Arms by Gale Swiontkowski
Palms by June Sylvester
I Have Touched by Patti Tana
Marvelous Beast by Patti Tana
No by Patti Tana
The River by Patti Tana
You Bring Me Back by Patti Tana
The Mystery by Sara Teasdale
We Take The New Young Couple Out To Dinner by Carol Tufts
Dead Still by Andrei Voznesensky
Desire by Connemara Wadsworth
Snow Climbers by Steve Wiesinger
Dolce by Kennette H. Wilkes
Milkflowers by Robert Wrigley
Sharing by Alan Yount
You Touch Me by Andrena Zawinski
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

This is no casual collection of love poems, but an intense gathering of poems which celebrate sexual intimacy and spiritual warmth. Over 1,500 submissions were reviewed for this collection: the result's an intense display of meaningful, involving poems transcending the usual brief celebration of love. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 2nd edition (December 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315674
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2003
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my body pulls toward yours-
desire a long oar dipping
again and again
in this night's dark rain.
~jane hirshfield

The poems in "Passionate Hearts" are based on mutual caring and respect. They are about heart-connected sex and evoke vivid images of warm loving relationships. This truly is a celebration of the moments of beauty in the sexual experience.

I love the way Natasha Josefowitz describes herself as a violin and how Robert Wrigley talks about painting his lovers skin with invisible roses. There are beautiful metaphors mixed in with bolder expressions of the real-life experience.

I started reading the poems and within a few hours I had read the entire book. Each poem was filled with such mystery and beauty. I noticed they were arranged from the excitement of new love to the experience of finding time for sex when you have a family and then the book ends with poems about the autumn of love.

If you are inspired by the universal experience of poetry and enjoy the mysteries of sexual love, these poems provide a healthy look at sexual intimacy.

~The Rebecca Review
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I have to admit to being very picky. I went looking for a book that was explicit yet tasteful. I wanted something that was definitely erotic but not vulgar. This book more than lives up to my expectations.
Not all poems are sexually exciting but there are enough that are an exquisite turn on, that I wouldn't think of getting rid of this one.
What's best is that my wife, who also has no taste for the profane, has found this book a true pleasure.
If you are looking for graphic details of wild sexual fantasies, this book is not for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a classic, honest, heartfelt celebration of sexual love, you will enjoy this one.
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There are so many books on sex these days. This one is truly stands out. I can't wait to share it with my wife. I would recommend it to all my married friends.

This book is erotic but does not revel in its own obscenity. Too many of the genre pretend to kindle passion but instead singe the reader with an acrid backdraft of vulgar language and demeaning images. I wouldn't wish the experience of these other books on an enemy much less feel comfortable sharing them with someone I loved. The experience of sex deserves better. With warm and thoughtful explicitness, this book delivers.

This is a poetic sex book. Other books speak the dry, clinical language of psychology, with a altrustic but patronizing accent. They speak a language so foreign to lived sexual experience that they may be accurate but they can never be truthful. Poets tell truths about sex that scientists (or religionists clothed in scientific frocks) never could. (I was pleased too that the editor felt no need to explore the dark and painful sides of sex so common to other anthologies of poetry).

Another sort are sexual catalogs. Full of glossy images of beautiful people, perfectly lit, they tease their readers with cotton-candy potential and deliver cotton-candy nourishment--for individual and couple--typically in two-sentence paragraphs that master only the obvious. By comparsion, this book is like sweet bread. Plain to the eyes, perhaps, but with a warm, syrupy, sensual sweetness that nourishes at the same time it delights.

As with the best sex, after the pretty images and sensual delights evoked by these poems fade from memory, there is a significance that lingers.
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This book was astounding. The words, the space, the whole thing was utterly amazing. This is the only book I've found that actually makes me sexually aroused when read aloud, and my partner agrees - it makes him so hard! This book has done wonders for our sex-life, and I owe it all to Wendy Maltz. Forever-thanks.
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I have loved reading and writing all kinds of poetry most of my life. I am always seeking interesting poetry books and I picked up this one (Passionate Hearts: The poetry of sexual love compiled and edited by Wendy Maltz) at a bargain price on Amazon. This wonderful collection has many contributions from poets I was not familiar with and one of the many things I loved about this poetry collection is that all the poems were shorter rather than too long. I have always loved the shorter poem styles rather than the long drawn out boring poems which seem to be popular with some academic pseudointellectuals.

This wonderful collection is organized into five chapters. Chapter one explores the poetry of tender awakenings. There are 12 poems in this section. The second chapter has poems about passionate pleasures. There are 31 poems in this section. Chapter three deals with varied dances and has 30 poems in this section. Chapter four has 23 poems about deeper intimacies. The final chapter called “Graceful transformations” has 20 poems. There is also a list of poets at the end of this volume.

If you are a poetry lover this is a book you should check out. I found the poems so compelling I could not put it down until I had read all the material. I only have one complaint. This is a collection of poems about sexual love but it is the most sterile poems about this erotic activity I have ever read. I guess using too earthy and specific sexual terms was not welcome in this collection. A little too much political correctness possibly?

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)
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