Fruits and Vegetables: Poems.

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Here is thetwenty-fifth anniversary edition of Erica Jong's very first book: a surrealistic, funny, gastronomic, erotic, serious look at being human and female and American.

Erica Jong, the best-selling author of Fear of Flying, and more recently, Fear of Fifty, began her literary life as a poet. Fruits & Vegetables, originally published in 1971, offers a glimpse into the daring, erotic imagination of a young author of great promise. Here is a writer who puts metaphors in her oven, fruits and vegetables in her bed. In her tide poem, Jong considers the character of the onion: "Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away . . ."

Throughout her debut collection, Erica Jong demonstrates a remarkable adventurousness, erudition, lyricism, and command of the poetic form. At the same time, she examines many of the themes she will pursue in years to come. On the subject of desire, she writes: "The corruption begins with the eyes, / the page, the hunger. / It hangs on the first hook / of the first comma.... The corruption begins with the mouth, / the tongue, the wanting. / The first poem in the world / is I want to eat.

For the many fans who have yet to discover-or rediscover-where the literary career of Erica Jong began, this special anniversary edition of Fruits & Vegetables, complete with a new preface by the author, is a must.

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About the Author:

Erica Jong, award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist, is best known for seven bestselling novels, including her most recent, Inventing Memory, and her midlife memoir, Fear of Fifty. She is a former president of the Authors Guild and frequent lecturer on women's rights, authors' rights, and free expression both here and abroad. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

Review:

"Erica Jong is all woman, but, more important, all human." -- -- Anne Sexton

"Erica Jong is all woman, but, more important, all human." -- Anne Sexton

"I read these poems the way you watch a trapeze act, with held breath, marvelling at the agility, the lightness of touch, the brilliant demonstration of the difficult made to look easy." -- Margaret Atwood

"Original, seductive, marvelous, powerful!" -- -- Cosmopolitan

Aging
Arse Poetica
Bitter Pills For The Dark Ladies
The Book
Books
Cheese
The Commandments
Digging The Chinese Cemetery
Downward
The Ecological Apocalypse As Foretold To Adam & Eve
Flower Eaters
Flying You Home
Fracture
Fruits & Vegetables
The Heidelberg Landlady
Here Comes
His Silence
Imaginary Landscapes
In Sylvia Plath Country
Living In
The Man Giving Birth In The Dark
The Man Under The Bed
Narcissus, Photographer
The Objective Woman: 1.
The Objective Woman: 2. The Nose
The Objective Woman: 3. The Rings
The Objective Woman: 4. The Dryer
The Objective Woman: 5. Ob-gyn
The Quarrel
A Reading
The Saturday Market
Seven
The Sheets
Student Revolution
The Teacher
Touch
Two More Scenes From The Lives Of The Vegetables: 1. Borscht
Two More Scenes From The Lives Of The Vegetables: 2. Carrot
Walking Through The Upper East Side
Where It Begins
With Silk
You Operate
-- Table of Poems from Poem FinderŪ

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