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Dark Eros

Dark Eros

Black Erotic Writings

Edited and Annotated by Reginald Martin, Ph.D., Foreword by Ishmael Reed; Afterword by Lenard D. Moore

St. Martin's Press



The overwhelming power of the erotic imagination is brought to full flower in this masterful collection of African-American writings. With pieces from more than seventy writers, Dark Eros explores the erotic possibilities as imagined and reported by authors both well-known and emerging. Using the literary to trace the range of the erotic impulse, this collection of writers and writings-poetry, fiction, and essays-covers the length and breadth of styles and emotions in contemporary African-American writing. As editor Reginald Martin notes, "The pieces collected in this volume throb with the tempo and tenor of writers who have defined the erotic verve of our urban times. Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, New Orleans-every place there is a bus line or dance club has produced African-American eroticism..." The result is a volume that is both compelling and necessary-an exploration of the African-American through the erotic.


Praise for Dark Eros

“Steamy moments notwithstanding, what stands out in this collections is the emphasis on a search for the 'authentic' erotic spirit in a world that fails to welcome or encourage it.” —Publishers Weekly on Dark Eros

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About the author

Edited and Annotated by Reginald Martin, Ph.D., Foreword by Ishmael Reed; Afterword by Lenard D. Moore

Lenard D. Moore, the most acclaimed African-American haiku writer of the twentieth century was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree from Shaw University. Moore is a poet, playwright, essayist, book reviewer, and fiction writer. While he is best known for his book Forever Home, he is also the author of Desert Storm: A Brief History. He is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African-American Writer's Collective and is the founding publishing editor of Earlobe.

Reginald Martin Ph.D.

Ishmael Reed

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