The meaning of "erotic" varies greatly among the contributors to Erotic Haiku: Of Skin On Skin. To many, it conjures actual intercourse-foreplay, climax and an array of emotions afterwards.
The meaning of "erotic" varies greatly among the contributors to Erotic Haiku: Of Skin On Skin. To many, it conjures actual intercourse-foreplay, climax and an array of emotions afterwards. For others, it is linked only tangentially to the sexual act: watching a bee enter a flower, recalling a glance from another or the smell of someone's hair or skin smooth to the touch or a whisper in one's ear or the taste of something sweet on a lover's tongue. Finally, a few see the erotic in terms of humour through wordplay and unexpected juxtapositions. Such a broad spectrum of the erotic guarantees that all readers are sure to find something pleasing.
Haiku is a short form of poetry, capturing the essence of an experienced moment. The poems in this collection take a step further to focus on erotic moments in all their varieties. The earlier conception of a 5/7/5 structure has given way to a freer form; most haiku poets today agree that a haiku should consist of seventeen syllables (if there is no artificiality) or fewer. It is the moment, not the syllables, that matter.
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Terry Ann Carter was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and moved to Canada in 1965. After earning degrees in English and Music, and a graduate degree in Education, she taught language arts from kindergarden to college. An international award winning haikuist, Carter participated in the Basho Festival, Ueno, Japan, and serves Haiku Canada as President. In the summer of 2005, Carter was an instructor at the Teachers' Training Program, Dongzhou International Education Exchange Center, Haimen City, China. Carter was the Random Acts of Poetry poet for Ottawa 2005 - 2010.