EXPLORING THE EROTIC IN POETRY

 

Dear reader,

My next blogs may be misconceived and I have thought it wise to write a prelude to prepare you for the proverbial “first time” of erotic writings on this Blog.

I know that many of us are virgins to the theme of Eroticism while we are promiscuous consumers of the pornographic. My fear is that my writings may be taken for pornography and I have been hesitant to let my creative energy be abused to that extent.

Today I choose to look fear in the eye and dismiss her/him dishonourably. I draw a lot of inspiration from women (Sylvia Tamale, Stella Nyanzi, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison…) who have written boldly about sexuality and these deities will be my angle wings as I take my flight from this fear.

I find solace in the words of Audre Lorde in her essay, The use of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power, http://uk.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/11881_Chapter_5.pdf

The very word EROTIC comes from the Greek word EROS, the personification of love in all its aspects- born of chaos, and personifying creative power and harmony.

The Pornographic emphasizes sensation without feeling; it is a vilification, an abuse and a devaluation of the erotic. We recognize the erotic because it makes us want to give, and take simultaneously. The pornography is all about taking, exploiting another’s energy without giving back.

I may not be as apt as Audre Lorde at expressing the difference between pornography and the Erotic, or explaining the power of the Erotic. Please follow this link and experience her ingenuity.

http://uk.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/11881_Chapter_5.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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