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For England’s War Poet Rupert Brooke, Sex Was a Battlefield, Too

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) was a World War One poet best known for his sonnet “The Soldier,” which opened with these lines: “If I should die, think only this of me: / That there’s some corner of a foreign field / That is forever England.” The New Yorker describes him this way: “Upper-class and stiff-upper-lipped, blond-haired and […]

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Raunchy Poem of One Couple’s Sex Life, from Oral to Anal, Vanilla to Kinky

Bernadette Mayer, born in 1945, is an avant-garde American writer known for her stream-of-consciousness narrative style that draws heavily on her journals. Her poetry about the experience of motherhood was groundbreaking for its accuracy and honesty. Oh, yeah, and she likes to talk about oral sex, anal sex, kinky sex, and why women deserve to […]

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Sexy Poetry: Baudelaire’s Hot Haunting by a Naughty Ghost

Charles Baudelaire was the original hipster goth-kid bad-boy romantic (yes, all of those). His provocative 1857 collection of poems Fluers du mal (Flowers of Evil) covered all the good stuff: eroticism, decadence, lesbianism, lost innocence, urban life, wine, even fashion and makeup! Basically, when you want to party, leave Henry David Thoreau’s mid-19th-century nature-loving to the […]

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One of Anne Sexton’s Sexiest Poems About Sex

When people think of successful female poets of the 20th century, it’s usually a dead tie (no pun intended) between Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Both were gorge, both were students of poet/professor Robert Lowell,  both were married with two children each, both pushed sexual boundaries in their work, both suffered from depression, both killed themselves by […]

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17th Century Poem Explains Why Love Means Nothing Without Sex

William Cartwright (1611-1643) was a seventeenth-century poet who was a little tired of all the “minds embracing minds” crap in the poetry he read. In this poem, he claims that love is basically a sham without sex (but that sex without love is still, well, sex). Whether or not Cartwright was fond of seventeenth-century booty-calling is a fact lost to history. […]

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Sex Poetry: Chaucer’s Most Romantic Lines in “The Canterbury Tales”

It’s the bawdiness of some of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales that stays with you from high school lit class (literal ass-kissing? come on!). But it’s the first tale in this collection of stories told by pilgrims lodging at an inn — The Knight’s Tale – that’s quite the opposite of bawdy: a traditional romance of courtly love […]

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10 Books We’d Like to See with Gender-Swapped Main Characters

In honor of the 10th anniversary of her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyers has just released a new edition, which includes a 400+ paged reimagining of the first novel with the genders reversed called Life and Death. The purpose of the new version is to prove to the world that Bella’s character wasn’t an anti-feminist damsel-in-distress, as […]

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Sex Poetry: Sylvia Plath’s Ode to Young Love

Sylvia Plath did for confessional poetry what Kim Kardashian did for the selfie. Wait, that didn’t come out quite right. Sylvia Plath did for confessional poetry what Hunter S. Thompson did for gonzo journalism. Or: she did for confessional poetry what John Stagliano did for gonzo porn. You get the idea. Unlike Kardashian, Thompson, and […]

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The Sexy (and Sick) Parts of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

This epic poem from the Roman bard published in 8 A.D. outlines the “history” of the world through 250 transfomative-themed myths over 15 books. Sexual desire was traditionally described in ancient Rome as a burning flame (not much changes over 2 millennia), so Metamorphoses has a lot of hot imagery. But it’s not all positive. Like a provocative, […]

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Walt Whitman’s Poem Praises Women Who Love Sex as Openly as Men Do

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is famous for his poetry and essays, and for being a transitional figure between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. He’s one of the most influential poets in the American canon, and is sometimes referred to as the father of free verse. Also, he’s famous for being the author […]