Naked Soul by Salil Jha

Naked Soul

The Erotic Love Poems
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Jha’s collection of concise, warm, and erotic poetry explores the delights of physical love from (primarily heterosexual) male and female perspectives.

The bulk of these poems describe various acts of sexual congress in non-explicit ways while trying to capture the rich emotional tenor of lovemaking as opposed to casual sex. “Just feel the words because these poems are written not to be understood by the mind but to be felt by the heart,” Jha writes. He switches between male and female perspectives, describing the joys of being taken and taking. “Love Fantasies” seems to describe a heterosexual woman’s experience: “Then I ride it like a cowgirl to reach as far as I can be. / I hustle, I shake, I grind, I wind, I go deep / where there is only one path and one way to be.” Elsewhere, “Wake Up” has a decidedly more heterosexual male perspective: “You slide me down / Into the wetness / Even before / I am awake.” Many of the poems, such as “One Soul” and “Soul Mate,” focus on the feeling of love itself, absent any particular physical expression. The text is peppered with simple line drawings of sex, like a slideshow of soft-core Kama Sutra. Jha manages to sketch the outlines of sex and love without making it too concrete or specific. The poems’ shifting points of view create a sensual atmosphere that encourages the reliving of fond memories and the ignition of current fantasies. Although the language used to describe anatomy can sometimes be clunky or a little too fruit-oriented—the melon family makes many appearances—the spirit of the work is joyful and tender.

Erotic poetry that evokes feelings of joy, happiness, and an overall celebration of the arts of physical and romantic love.

Pub Date: Jan. 9th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0692265291
Page count: 172pp
Publisher: Naked Soul Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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