Erotic and sexually explicit women poets
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There's been such a taboo on women writing about sex that it's encouraging to see a breakthrough in contemporary poetry. Some examples: Denise Duhamel (can be quite explicit), Sharon Olds (more oblique generally), Beth Ann Fennelly. I'm not sure if all of them are feminists in the true sense of the word - unless breaking the taboo is feminist.
I'm interested in Irish poetry and find there's an abundance of contemporary women poets there. Some are very well known even on this side of the pond. Not as many, I think, have entered the erotic territory, despite the recent secularization and anti-church attitude (due mainly to the pedophile scandals).
Then there's overtly lesbian poetry breaking the taboo that restricted so many great poets and fiction writers in the past.
What do you think of these trends?
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