Ms. Block gives us autobiographical poems about her lovers, her relationships, her children, her father, her sexual frustration, and her comfort with herself. The book is sometimes described as being "erotic poems" but there's nothing particularly sexual or sensual about them; they sometimes do mention desire and explicit sexual acts or parts, but there's no clear attempt to arouse anyone going on. Mostly they seem to be about pain and frustrating at not having the right guy or waiting for him. The poems frequently incorporate references to her Wood Nymph Seeks Centaur mythological dating guide, so I'm glad I read that first because it gave some pretty clear context for the types of people she was throwing in this shorthand for. My favorite two poems, unsurprisingly, were "The Island" and "Love's Arms"--because they are about a woman's dependence on herself and her non-romantic relationships for her growth. I'm afraid I wasn't particularly moved by the imagery or longing in these poems, but I did find these two inspiring.
In "The Island," the speaker is abandoned on an island and shrinks to the size of a doll, and is repeatedly told by men that she is a disappointment for various reasons, but after concentrating on herself and building herself a house and loving herself, she grew back to her natural size, and only THEN did she tell her father--the sky--that she's ready to be assisted to find the mate she wants.
In "Love's Arms," the speaker wants to trust love--personified--but her friends keep saying she's been hurt by running after love too many times, and finally she realizes that those friends, supposedly holding her down, ARE love, because they want to nourish and protect her and stop her from getting broken again. They want to keep her still for once so love can find HER.