Erica Jong

(26 March 1942 / New York City)

Erica Jong Poems

1. To Whom It May Concern 1/3/2003
2. The Poet Fears Failure 1/3/2003
3. The Artist As An Old Man 1/3/2003
4. We Learned 1/3/2003
5. Nursing You 1/3/2003
6. Parable Of The Four-Poster 1/3/2003
7. To My Brother Poet, Seeking Peace 1/3/2003
8. After The Earthquake 1/3/2003
9. The Poem Cat 1/3/2003
10. Letter To My Lover After Seven Years 1/3/2003
11. Colder 1/3/2003
12. The End Of The World 1/3/2003
13. Dear Colette 1/3/2003
14. Ordinary Miracles 1/3/2003
15. Middle Aged Lovers, Ii 1/3/2003
16. Autumn Perspective 1/3/2003
17. Sunday Afternoons 1/3/2003
18. Beast, Book, Body 1/3/2003
19. Autobiographical 1/3/2003
20. Wrinkles 1/3/2003
21. Flying At Forty 1/3/2003
22. For An Earth-Landing 1/3/2003
23. People Who Live 1/3/2003
24. Smoke 1/3/2003
25. Narcissus, Photographer 1/3/2003
26. Climbing You 1/3/2003
27. Henry James In The Heart Of The City 1/3/2003
28. Alcestis On The Poetry Circuit 3/28/2012
29. Another Language 3/28/2012
30. Anti-Conception 3/28/2012
31. Anti-Matter 3/28/2012
32. At The Museum Of Natural History 3/28/2012
33. Aura 3/28/2012
34. Baby Witch 3/28/2012
35. The Bed Of The World 3/28/2012
36. At The Edge Of The Body 3/28/2012
37. Becoming A Nun 3/28/2012
38. Because I Would Not Admit 3/28/2012
39. Birthdays 3/28/2012
40. Blood & Honey 3/28/2012
Best Poem of Erica Jong

The Poet Fears Failure

The poet fears failure
& so she says
"Hold on pen--
what if the critics
hate me?"
& with that question
she blots out more lines
than any critic could.

The critic is only doing his job:
keeping the poet lonely.
He barks
like a dog at the door
when the master comes home.

It's in his doggy nature.
If he didn't know the poet
for the boss,
he wouldn't bark so loud.

& the poet?
It's in her nature
to fear failure
but not to let that fear
blot out

her lines.

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Nursing You

On the first night
of the full moon,
the primeval sack of ocean
broke,
& I gave birth to you
little woman,
little carrot top,
little turned-up nose,
pushing you out of myself

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