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Published on February 1st, 2014


The Poetry of Sex ed. by Sophie Hannah

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Blurb: The Poetry of Sex - a raucous, highly enjoyable anthology by acclaimed poet Sophie Hannah. We’ve been at it all summer, from the Canadian border to the edge of Mexico… Romance and poetry seem to go hand in hand but – implicit, explicit, nuanced or starkly frank – sex itself has long been a staple subject for poets. In fact a great deal of erotic poetry rejects the distinction. (Viking, 2014)

Suzi Feay, The Independent

“Hannah, a fine comic poet herself, tends towards the humorous and witty in her selection … Some dates are cumbersomely hidden in the acknowledgements, and biographical details are missing, which seems lazy of Hannah. Nonetheless, there are some gems here, and a generous portion of poems by women.”

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David Mills, The Sunday Times

“What a fatuous enterprise this is. It is an anthology of poems about sex (in the crudest form of the word) that takes in well-worn classics from Shakespeare and Marvell to DH Lawrence and Philip Larkin, yet scatters among them such a selection of silly, slight and misogynistic verse that you feel slightly ashamed for having read it.”

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