My journey with exploring erotica in poetry has so far been a smooth sail. I did not receive the very harsh comments or inappropriate feedback I was fearfully expecting. And I will take that as a pat on the back from my readers.
E 1: 2016 was my very first erotic publication and it was coached in very intricate imagery and language. I however decided to post its raw version just to get a feel of my audience’s preference.
“So basically, refined: public consumption, raw: private consumption.”
While the feedback on the raw version was not as extensive, it revealed that readers prefer a garnished plate of erotica to one with all the raw emotions served randomly.
My second poem is what I would refer to as more daring because it seeks to go beyond the norm, the conventional in our societies. I am aware that it may be shocking as I intend to be more explicit with language and I have advertently prepared a prelude to make it palatable to the readers.
E2:2016 will feature eroticism between two female characters. Same sex eroticism is greatly condemned and attempts have made to outlaw it. This however does not erase the fact that it exists in our societies. My role as a writer has never been to cast a blind eye to the realities of my societies but to depict them as they really are, as they ought to be, as I imagine them to be.
Sexuality is a sensitive Octopus with diverse tentacles. We often honour just one of these tentacles; heterosexuality and tend to obliviate homosexuality and bisexuality.
Sylvia Tamale in her Article “THE-TEN-FACES-OF-SEXUALITY/” decries this hypocrisy when she says,
“The heteronormative face of sexuality has big beautiful eyes that are deceptive… they also attempt to obliterate the rich diversity of Ugandan faces, particularly the homosexual and bisexual ones.”
I am very conscious of the cultural and religious sensitivities of my readers and this comes as a disclaimer to whoever is likely to be insulted by my next erotic poem. My choice to write erotica featuring female characters is best explained in the word of Leon F. Seltzer in his article titled /what-distinguishes-erotica-pornography.
“If the work has been executed erotically, it’s generally assumed that the creator viewed the subject matter as praiseworthy, something to take pleasure in, celebrate, exalt, glorify…..”
Leon F. Seltzer further advances my cause in his defence of Erotic writing as an art when he says this about Erotica,
“Unlike pornography, it doesn’t appeal exclusively to our senses or carnal appetites. It also engages our aesthetic sense, our judgment about how this or that figure illustrates an ideal of human beauty.”
I am therefore writing about human beauty as manifested in erotica. I do hope you enjoy my art and that it finds space in your hearts and minds. E2:2016 will be posted on this blog within a week.