Discover the Best Steamy, Erotic Poetry

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The Best Steamy, Erotic Poetry

We know you all like it when we turn up the spice.So, let us introduce you to the lineup of erotic poetry that will not only ignite your imagination but also make you yearn for that connection.Think of it as a poetic version of 50 Shades of Grey. These passionate poets have ventured into the depths of human desire and intimacy, crafting words that transcend the limitations to ink and paper. Their verses are more than mere text; they extend an invitation to explore the full spectrum of emotions. So, prepare to awaken your senses and dive headfirst into the alluring world of erotic poetry.

Let’s turn up the heat ❤️‍🔥

All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women

by Enid Shomer – Elizabeth Alexander – Dorianne Laux – Denise Levertov – Adrienne Rich – Lucille Clifton

Erotic Poetry

Here is the good stuff: poetry written by women that actually excites the thinking reader. This anthology, spanning work of the last 75 years, will broaden its readers’ notions of what defines erotic poetry. For what is more intriguing, more satisfying than strong, self-assured writing?

This groundbreaking anthology includes some of our most powerful women writers–among them Sharon Olds, Elizabeth Alexander, Anne Sexton, Dorianne Laux, Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Glück. These poets fully demonstrate that, far from being prurient, the erotic can permeate even the most mundane aspects of life, from reading a book to buying clothes.

At the same time, the collection affirms the enormous meaningfulness of poetry–its ability to express the inexpressible and to illuminate the most private and intimate of human experiences. The poets included here represent different ethnicities, geographies, social classes, and sexual preferences. The only characteristic they share is that they are women writing about sex.

Corvix: Poems of Love, Sex and Death (Expanded)

by Valentin Per Lind

Erotic Poetry

Love, Sex and Death… the three major forces of human existence. They liberate us and constrain us. Corvix explores these in all their multifaceted experience through fifty-three poems embracing love, loss, obsession, isolation and regret, and the intrusion of the supernatural into everyday life. Corvix takes inspiration from the Romantic poets and then breaks the rules to create a body of work that is at once classical and contemporary.

The Heartbeat as an Ancient Instrument

by David Schloss

Erotic Poetry

Poetry. David Schloss’ THE HEARTBEAT AS AN ANCIENT INSTRUMENT plays with a vast sense of scale, at times providing biblical floods and gardens, Odysseian paeans, and lovers ‘grumbling all the way into a god’s tight vise.’ While impassive gods cast their eyes over the entire collection, at THE HEARTBEAT’s core is a human-sized trial of long memory, an uneasy feeling of ‘seeing our past lives swimming before us, ‘ and a tense conversation about a marriage in ruins. This book is a cry in the dark, a calling upon clearly rattled faith–faith in love, in the choices we make, in the doors we close, and in ‘the greater pain of our wandering.’–Erica Reid

A Hundred Lovers: Poems

by Richie Hofmann

Erotic Poetry

An erotic journal in poems, from a rising star in the American poetry scene, author of the highly acclaimed collectionSecond Empire.

A Hundred Lovers is a catalog of encounters, sublime, steamy, and frank. Inspired by French autofiction, the poems feel both sharp and diaristic; their lyrical, intimate world brings us everyday scenes imbued with sex. “Eros enters, where shame had lived,” the speaker observes, as the poems explore risk and appetite, promiscuity and violence, and, in the wake of his marriage, questions about monogamy and desire.

Bringing us both the carefully knotted silk ties of the wedding pair and their undress in a series of Hockney-like interiors where passion colors every object, Hofmann speaks plainly of the saliva, tears, and guts of the carnal, just as he does of the sublime in works of art. A Hundred Lovers invites us to consider our own memories of pleasure and pain, which fill the generous white space the poet leaves open to us between his ravishing lines.

Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure

by Wendy Maltz – Thomas Moore

Erotic Poetry

In 1997, sex therapist and marriage counselor Wendy Maltz, author of the Sexual Healing Journey and coauthor of Private Thoughts, compiled Passionate Hearts, an anthology of poems that inspire and celebrate healthy sexual intimacy; poems in which heart connection was at the core of the sexual experience. In Intimate Kisses, Maltz follows on the success of Passionate Hearts with a new anthology of poetry that continues her celebration of healthy sexuality and, in the process, turns up the heat.

Intimate Kisses revels in what may be life’s greatest mystery, through some of richest, most celebrated poetry ever written. Included in this anthology are 121 poems by such poets as Marge Piercy, Emily Dickenson, Jelaluddin Rumi, Nikki Giovanni, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, Molly Peacock, Dorianne Laux, Jane Hirshfield, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Galway Kinnell, and W.S. Merwin, as well as dozens of lesser-known and unpublished poets.

Magnetic: A Poetry Collection For Lovers

by Alexandra Vasiliu

Erotic Poetry

“Whenever I miss you, 
I start writing
love poems
to your beautiful heart.
I tell you everything
about my feelings
and dreams.”

Trying to find a unique and beautiful way to say ‘I love you’ and impress your loved one?
Discover Magnetic, a touching poetry book that celebrates the irresistible force of love which attracts two souls toward harmony and happiness.


by Ovid Ovid – Stephanie McCarter

Erotic Poetry

Ovid’s Metamorphoses is an epic poem, but one that upturns almost every convention. There is no main hero, no central conflict, and no sustained objective. What it is about (power, defiance, art, love, abuse, grief, rape, war, beauty, and so on) is as changeable as the beings that inhabit its pages. The sustained thread is power and how it transforms us, both those of us who have it and those of us who do not. For those who are brutalized and traumatized, transformation is often the outward manifestation of their trauma. A beautiful virgin is caught in the gaze of someone more powerful who rapes or tries to rape them, and they ultimately are turned into a tree or a lake or a stone or a bird.

The victim’s objectification is clear: They are first a visual object, then a sexual object, and finally simply an object. Around 50 of the epic’s tales involve rape or attempted rape of women. Past translations have obscured or mitigated Ovid’s language so that rape appears to be consensual sex. Through her translation, McCarter considers the responsibility of handling sexual and social dynamics.

Naughty Girl Poems

by Yanee Brinks

This collection of poems is for the adults only! These edgy urban poems are sure to get your fire burning. So sit back, relax, and let these naughty poems stimulate your mind.

She Is The Poem: sapphic poetry on love and becoming

by June Bates

She Is The Poem is a love letter to women and a celebration of sapphic joy. This collection tackles topics like love, finding yourself, coming out, self-care, and femininity.

What Kind of Woman: Poems

by Kate Baer

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A Goop Book Club Pick

“If you want your breath to catch and your heart to stop, turn to Kate Baer.”–Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo

A stunning and honest debut poetry collection about the beauty and hardships of being a woman in the world today, and the many roles we play – mother, partner, and friend.

When Angels Speak of Love

by Bell Hooks

Icon of women’s movement and author of over twenty books, including a narrative series on love, bell hooks reminds us of the good and bad moments we spend in love through her inspiring poetry.When Angels Speak of Love is a book of 50 love poems by the icon of the feminist movement and most famous among public intellectuals. In beautiful, profoundly poetic terms, hooks challenges our views and experiences with love–tracing the link between seduction and surrender, the intensity of desire, and the anguish of death. Whether towards family, friends, or oneself, hooks’s creative genius makes love both magical and beautiful. Her poems are written from the heart and learned by the reader’s heart.

The Wild Delight of Wild Things

by Brian Turner

The poems are also a love letter to our planet during the ongoing sixth mass extinction. Intertwining this immense grief, Turner explores the hybrid borderlands of genre, and the meditations on love and loss blur the boundaries between poetry and lyric prose. In Italian, the word “stanza” is rooted in the word “room.”

And so, stanza by stanza, room by room, page by page, we draft ourselves forward into the imagination, our arms filled with all that we can carry from the days gone by. This is the art of survival. Profound grief teaches us how to dwell in the house of memory–that vibrant temporal landscape of the past–where we might live with the dead we love once more.

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