|Fragments of a Formerly Active Sex Life|
book by Julian X
Fragments of a Formerly Active Sex Life is a brief poetic epic of a sexual nature, a searching examination of contemporary sexuality structurally modeled after Dante's Divine Comedy. The poem's lines are alternately erotic and philosophical, funny and hostile, argumentative and aesthetic -- but always fragmentary, broken.
The poem's semi-autobiographical narrator brazenly exposes his sexual longing, in the process exposing our own frequent, contradictory, and largely unshared thoughts about sex. Educated, he paradoxically longs for the intellectual annihilation of sex; his every word is a testament to this obsession, yet he apparently writes as a willing celibate. His poem goes from perceptive but brazen philosophy with Eastern resonance to brazen self-serving display, exposing both as part of the game of seduction. He equates sex with everything, but nothing more than writing -- an act as much an attempt to escape the trap of sexual longing as an investigation of the same -- and the reader finds himself or herself the writer's partner in this revealing and revelatory therapy for desire.
The book is divided into three parts, running a total of 131 pages.
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