Dark Eros by Reginald , Ph.D. Martin
Black Erotic Writings

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The overwhelming power of the erotic imagination is brought to full flower in this masterful collection of African-American writings. With pieces from more than seventy writers, Dark Eros explores the erotic possibilities as imagined and reported by authors both well-known and emerging. Using the literary to trace the range of the erotic impulse, this collection of writers and writings-poetry, fiction, and essays-covers the length and breadth of styles and emotions in contemporary African-American writing. As editor Reginald Martin notes, "The pieces collected in this volume throb with the tempo and tenor of writers who have defined the erotic verve of our urban times. Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, New Orleans-every place there is a bus line or dance club has produced African-American eroticism..." The result is a volume that is both compelling and necessary-an exploration of the African-American through the erotic.


About Reginald , Ph.D. Martin

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Lenard D. Moore, the most acclaimed African-American haiku writer of the twentieth century was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree from Shaw University. Moore is a poet, playwright, essayist, book reviewer, and fiction writer. While he is best known for his book Forever Home, he is also the author of Desert Storm: A Brief History. He is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African-American Writer's Collective and is the founding publishing editor of Earlobe.
Published January 15, 1999 by St. Martin's Press. 416 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Despite the title, there's little effort made here to define a particular black erotica, aside from a fascinating essay by Kalammu ya Salaam, titled ``Do Right Women: Black Women, Eroticism, and Classic Blues.''

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A compelling piece of nonfiction, ""Do Right Women: Black Women, Eroticism, and Classic Blues,"" by Kalammu ya Salaam, which describes the role of women in shaping the erotic spirit of this century's black culture, provides a better introduction, clearer and more forcefully argued, than Martin's,...

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