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July 17 , 2007

Sex and Other Kinds of Poems


In 1996 I wrote a collection of poetry called 'Sex', which consisted of 69 poems that covered every aspect of sex you could imagine, and probably quite a lot you couldn’t imagine (doing the research was interesting). 'Sex' never got published. This collection contains many of the 'Sex' poems, along with other pieces I’ve written over the years, including some of my 'London Sonnets'.

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The earliest poem in this collection, a free verse piece called 'The Miami', dates from 1987, when I was 23 years old. The most recent poem, a Spenserian sonnet called 'Perihelion', was written in 2009. I dislike the divide between free verse and formal poetry and you’ll find that reflected here. I’m also no fan of the seriousness which inhabits much of the poetry world. 'Sex and other kinds of poems' contains both humorous and serious poetry. I can only hope that the reader finds this collection interesting; and needless to say, many of these poems are not suitable for children.

A note on the e-book edition: This collection contains 44 poems. The way poetry is laid out on the page is obviously very important. It’s difficult to format for small mobile devices. Bukowski-type poems with short lines are not a problem. However, when it comes to long line poems like my ‘Dick van Dyke's octopus proposes to Llama Lil’ the lines will wrap on smaller devices. As with the weather, I’m afraid there’s not much I can do about it.

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