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Few poets' roots go deeper than the Romantics; Jill Alexander Essbaum's reach all the way to the Elizabethans. In her Harlot one hears Herbert and Wyatt and Donne, their parallax view of religion as sex and sex as religion, their delight in sin, their smirking penitence, their penchant for the conceit, their riddles and fables, their fondling and squeezing of language. But ...more
Poetry, 88 pages
Published October 10th 2007 by No Tell Books
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Jessica Piazza
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best book ever.
Rusty
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
What a book--it's alive on my tongue.
Cheryl
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poetry lovers
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Harlot by Jill Alexander Essbaum - No Tell Books/ 978-0-6151-6131-0 / 84pps /

Harlot... What divine connotations just the sound of it evokes. Evoke - to call forth. And with a rapacious appetite for the illicit and sublime, Essbaum calls forth, “so adamant, so Jezebel” an estrus unyielding. An orgy of verse, glistening with “Covens/of bedroom men” and genital cannibalism. These poems ooze. Giving an almost saintliness to her persona, much in the vein of Elizabeth Cunningham’s “The Passion of Ma
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Christy
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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There is no one that turns a phrase, or gets inside your head the way this poet does. You'll feel dirty and elated, guilty and freed after reading Harlot. She explores what it means to be spiritual and human in all its nitty gritty glory, from lust to heartbreak and everything in between. Buy several copies, because you'll want to hand it to everyone you know, but keep your copy because you'll want to revisit it often.

Mel
Nov 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers, romantics
Shelves: poetry
This collection of poems, both formal and free form, will take you on a journey into the romantic and sometimes taboo realm of eroticism written from a christian's viewpoint.

When asked if the lover is a mere mortal, or if this is a spiritual symbol, the poet Jill answers "Why do we have to choose?"
Jerrod
Mar 19, 2015 added it
Filthy, elegant and provocative. It will make you a more eloquent pervert. And in Essbaum's universe, which I think we all visit, if not live in, that is surely a good thing
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Repetitive.
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