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  • Published: 15 December 1999
  • ISBN: 9781570622342
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback

Erotic Spirit


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This extraordinary collection of poems-covering thirty centuries of poetry from around the world-celebrates the erotic spirit in all its forms, from the passion of sexual desire to the intense longing for spiritual union. Beginning with anonymous Egyptian love songs from the fifteenth century BCE and continuing up to today's finest poets, the book draws on a broad range of cultural and spiritual traditions, including ancient Greek and Roman erotic poems, ecstatic Sufi songs, Chinese elegies for lost lovers, and bawdy English satires. Many of the poems are presented here in new translations by the editor, Sam Hamill, one of America's premier poet translators.

  • Pub date: 15 December 1999
  • ISBN: 9781570622342
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback

About the Author

Sam Hamill

SAM HAMILL is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and translations from the classical Chinese and Japanese, ancient Greek, Latin, and other languages. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He lives near Port Townsend, Washington.

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