Erica Jong Poems

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1.
After The Earthquake

After the first astounding rush,
after the weeks at the lake,
the crystal, the clouds, the water lapping the rocks,
the snow breaking under our boots like skin,
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2.
Beast, Book, Body

I was sick of being a woman,
sick of the pain,
the irrelevant detail of sex,
my own concavity
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3.
Climbing You

I want to understand the steep thing
that climbs ladders in your throat.
I can't make sense of you.
Everywhere I look you're there--
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4.
Letter To My Lover After Seven Years

You gave me the child
that seamed my belly
& stitched up my life.
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5.
Dear Colette

Dear Colette,
I want to write to you
about being a woman
for that is what you write to me.
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6.
Wrinkles

For Naomi Lazard

Sometimes I can't wait until I look like Nadezhda Mandelstam.
-- Naomi Lazard
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7.
Nursing You

On the first night
of the full moon,
the primeval sack of ocean
broke,
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8.
Autumn Perspective

Now, moving in, cartons on the floor,
the radio playing to bare walls,
picture hooks left stranded
in the unsoiled squares where paintings were,
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9.
Sunday Afternoons

I sit at home
at my desk alone
as I used to do
on many sunday afternoons
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10.
Flying At Forty

You call me
courageous,
I who grew up
gnawing on books,
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