My last post about using Poetry as a writer’s tool must have struck a nerve, as several people responded to it, some by kindly sharing their own poems. As I said before, it is a great way to get the creative juices flowing, because all you have to focus on are words, sentences and images. Most poems do not have a plot or characters, per se, although there are some that do contain those elements. But just playing around with the words and fitting them together can be fun and inspiring.
The tricky part is walking that fine line- erotic poetry can easily descend into “purple prose” or can be too graphic, either of which may spoil the effect. The goal is to aim for arousal and stimulation, through the use of subtle description and implication. There is something thrilling about describing the most intimate of acts in a delicate way, which still provides the impact of a more graphic description. Erotic poetry has been around for generations, at least since the time of Ancient Greece, and will probably never go away.
Here’s what reading and/or writing erotic poetry can do for writers:
- Get you in the mood for love– this really helps if you are stuck writing a sex scene, or perhaps wondering how to approach that first kiss. The short, descriptive phrases can evoke images and cause your creativity to flow in the right direction.
- Help with word choice– Examining the choice of words to describe the lovers, the action, the setting, can stimulate the imagination and expand vocabulary.
- Emotional impact – Writing poetically about lovemaking can assist in focusing on the emotions behind the acts. Weaving emotion and sensation together is the ideal for maximum impact.
- Create a framework for a scene– if you like what you have written (or read), consider expanding it to a scene, or including words used in your poem in a scene.
- Having fun, letting off steam– You can be as intense or graphic as you like, just to get it out of your system! Then later clean it up, or use parts of it in another work.
When I began writing again after a long hiatus, poetry was one of the things I experimented with. I began writing more erotic poetry when I started dating again after being widowed. It helped me to deal with the feelings and experiences I was going through. Here is a sample:
Muscular warmth along my back
Arms enfold me
Like the banks of a river
Tangy scent of skin
Deep, low breath in my ear
I turn, melt across his chest
Strength moves into wetness
Intensity shines in blue depths
Before lids close, uncontrollable
Breath comes, ragged
Words come, revealing
Sweat comes, smoothing the way between us
Release comes, all too soon
Stay close, for a moment
Chemicals subside, the tide rushes out
Powerful but elusive
This transitory joy.
Here are a few links on writing erotic poetry you might find useful:
I’d be interested to hear if other writers have tried their hand at erotic poetry, and if it helped in any way. Thanks for stopping by!