Sex Talk

You wake alone and
think about sex and go back
to sleep if you can.

We say, ‘to sleep with’;
Plato says Want slept with More
and begot Eros.

Euphemism or
not, ‘sleep with’ covers it. Sex,
good, bad, or fake, if

rounded with a sleep,
deserves the lame epithet

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

One thought on “Sex Talk”

  1. want slept with More and begat Eros. Lack and its satiatio give rise to desire. Itr is not that lack itself gives rise to desire. Teh poem finesses this logical structure–it is a poem and not a logical proprosition–and gives the reader a view at once intimate and full of wise distance on the ache of memory and the body-memory of companioning desire which gives rise to wakefulnes, mindfulness, perhaps hinted at in the expression ‘carnal knowledge’, but this a knowledge beyond the porous bounaries of what we conjceive of as the individual and instead happening between.


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