Touching Fire: Erotic Writings by Women

Louise Thornton, Author, Amber Coverdale Sumrall, With, Jan Sturtevant, With
Louise Thornton, Author, Amber Coverdale Sumrall, With, Jan Sturtevant, With Carroll & Graf Publishers $18.95 (222p) ISBN 978-0-88184-527-3
Reviewed on: 11/28/1989
Release date: 12/01/1989
In an effort to extol contemporary women's diverse sexuality without being pornographic, the editors of this anthology have made sex a drag. The poems, novel excerpts and short fictions cover a wide range of erotic experiences--gay, straight, solitary--enjoyed by protagonists of varied race, age and body type. The sex is oral, genital, rectal, even bestial--a bull, a porpoise and a cat are featured in separate stories. Licking occurs frequently, most often in California; otherwise the writing is mixed in both subject and quality; the best are pieces by Kageyama, Olds, Ginghofer, Laux, Brant, Luria-Sukenick; the worst are amateurish. The whole, meant to celebrate ``the inherent and life-affirming place of eros in women's lives,'' is as satisfying as a series of one-night stands. (Jan.)
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