Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Poetica Erotica by Cynthia Linville, Shawn Aveningo, Lytton Bell, reviewed by BL Kennedy

Poetica Erotica
Cynthia Linville, Shawn Aveningo, Lytton Bell
101 pgs
ISBN: 978-1-48000123--7


Another Day at the Dildo Factory

Twenty immigrants in

twenty hairnets

are painting veins

 on twenty prosthetic penises.

 The penises had ceased to seem shocking

to them at just one eight-hour shift

 even to the Catholics,

 and they disregard them, gossiping

and chatting among themselves

same as if it were only

 the paper factory or the ideology factory instead.

The penises, molded in a malleable rubber

 sway a little

when you touch them

 as if to ask:

 What are you doing to me?

 Where are you sending me?

What will I be doing one week from today?

What is my purpose in this world?

Is there a god?

 Finally one worker says

to one of the penises

Don’t ask me, I just work here; I’m only

making minimum wage.

Poetica Erotica is the name of a group of three young attractive women poets, and this is their first collection. I have to admit, it is a very handsome book with some very fine and well-sculpted poetry. Broken down into three separate sections (one for each member of the group), this book is a very handsome addition to the library of any lover of poetry (especially if you like that sexy kind of poetry).

I had one minor problem, which stems from knowing each poet personally, and having seen them perform. I was unable to get their separate and distinct voices out of my head while reading.

 But if you’ve never met them, what this book offers is a very fine sampling of each poet’s work. All of this, as far as I am concerned, is crafted on the highest level. I simply love this book, and I highly recommend it to any sincere lover of poetry.

So if you have the chance to purchase of Poetica Erotica, I would say do it now and bury yourself in the words of these three fine poets.

1 comment:

Shawn Aveningo said...

Books are available for purchase on Amazon or you can get a signed copy at

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