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New Poetry: “No Girls in the Porn Store”

Did you even know there were poets any more? Well, there are. We know one, and he is awesome. He is Mark Bibbins. And he will make you believe in poets again. He will convince you that they are sexy and dreamy and powerful and relevant. His knew book, just out, is called “They Don’t […]

R.I.P., Maggie Estep

We were introduced to Maggie Estep‘s work more than ten years ago, when Nerve.com, where we were both editors at the time, published her fiction. Here are the opening lines to her short story Devil in Her Eye, published on Nerve in 2002: She wasn’t the kind of girl to make a bishop kick in […]

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8 Short Poems Hot Enough to Sext Tonight

U.K.’s Education Secretary Michael Gove got teased mercilessly all over the Internets for his recent suggestion that teenagers should text amorous poetry to each other instead of nude pics. There’s an even an app for it! The Love Book app lets teens record poetry and then text the recording to the object of their desire. “It [the […]

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Spam Poetry of the Week: Hurt of Condom

The following email recently arrived in our inbox.  We’re particularly fond of the line “there is not sweet taste for / Sex meeting.” Pure poetry. You’re welcome! HURT OF CONDOM WHICH USED AS CONTRACEPTIVE TO PREVENT PREGNANCY IN WOMEN _______________________ When the man using CONDOMS As contraceptive the woman Become mad and crazy… this duo to the […]

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Kinky Poem of the Week: The World’s Guide to Beginning

You may recall that a month or so back, we were in New York City to receive an IPPY Award for our latest book, 150 Shades of Play: A Beginner’s Guide to Kink. While there, we met  Marty McConnell, silver medalist in the poetry category for her collection Wine for a Shotgun. When the poetry winners were each […]

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A Sexy Poem to Celebrate National Poetry Month

photo via flickr April is National Poetry Month, so we thought we’d celebrate by sharing with you one of our favorite erotic poems. This poem by Christina Rossetti is a little more, er subtle than Fifty Shades of Grey — it’s not exactly wank material. But we were in the mood for a classic. And […]

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Sexy Poem of the Day: “Romeo + Juliet Poem”

Our poet-friend Mark Bibbins is the author of “The Dance of No Hard Feelings“, a prof in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia, and the poetry editor of The Awl (“Be Less Stupid”), where he features one or two pieces by a poet each week. His latest selection — “Romeo + […]

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My Rose-Wet Cave: The Great Love Lines of Adrienne Rich

photo of a page from Rich’s “An Atlas of a Difficult World” via Flickr Last Wednesday, the great American poet Adrienne Rich died (1929-2012). If you ever took a “Contemporary American Poetry” class in college, then she surely holds a special place in your artistic heart. In her influential poetry and essays, she explored her […]

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Truly Mortifying: Overwrought Teenage Anti-Choice Poetry

Embarrassing diary entries, old yearbook photos, junior high love letters — it’s all fun and games until someone breaks out their unhinged teenage anti-choice poetry. Okay, let’s back up and explain a little here. Earlier this week, the Sundance Channel debuted the original series “The Mortified Sessions,” in which celebrities share mementos from their past […]

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A Poem Called “Promiscuous”

It’s not often that you wake up to NPR to hear Garrison Keillor (above) saying “slut” over and over again, but today was a lucky day! His daily AM installment of The Writer’s Almanac — a five minute collection of tidbits from literary history and some poetry — concluded with the poem “Promiscuous” by William […]