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Luciana: Below the Belt Paperback – 20 Dec 2004

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Chameleon Library; 1 edition (20 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954818105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954818104
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,376,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Women have been writing sexy poems at least since Sappho, and both genders are still reading them with pleasure. Harriet Green’s collection, 'Luciana: Below The Belt', is a bright new blossom on this old vine. (The comparison to a growing plant comes easily when you read her poem 'Fruity Salad'. You’ll never take strawberries for granted again. And pears!) I have to wonder how women who read this book will see the poet. This male reader wants to see her close up, soon, and frequently. The author gives us a few glimpses, by the way, in the black-and-white photographs she scatters throughout the book. However, the real image of the poet comes from the poems, not the pictures. This is a complex woman who writes in several styles, from saucy to funny to serious, as the subject demands. She is sexually frank - very frank - but never nasty. She is unafraid of herself, her body, her emotions or her mind - and certainly not afraid of words. There’s a poem called 'Balls', for instance, and yes, you guessed which meaning of the word is intended. The Luciana of the title is Harriet Green’s alter ego, but she’s more than that. She’s you too, or your wife or lover, or at least someone you know quite well. She has a lot to say to you, whatever your own gender, so long as you are open to spirited, lyrical, and literate poems about the way we all live in our complicated, frustrating, delightful, and beautiful bodies. Spend some time with her, reading her words, preferably aloud, and perhaps with someone who is important to you.

Paul J. Sampson
Non-fiction Editor, Eclectica.org

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

(Bach Suite No6 in D major – prelude)

I would crawl across a warm, bare floor
In a long, black dress
To watch you caress her polished brown curves
While you stroke her throat
Stretched taut and ready to be ensnared
By the breath of the finest stallion's tail
Blown over her four prison bars of spun metal and sinew

I would have you spark the fire of pure music and watch
you spill a song from her heart
Like a velvet scream
And with deep and resonant beckoning
She sighs an alarming outpouring of frantic welcome

I would sit so still and mesmerised
And want for nothing
And would need nothing
Until the last, long note…
Then I would need you too…

I would be your cello – you would hold me so
And caress my polished brown curves
And stroke my throat and kiss my neck
And let the long, black dress fall to the warm, bare floor
I would be stretched taut until your own breath would
spark my fire
And I would sigh an alarming outpouring of frantic welcome
I would be mesmerised
While your hands played over me until
My long, last note…

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Cates on 15 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
Paul Sampson wonders how women reading this book will see the poet. They will see her as a friend and a sister and, with minds sufficiently open, as a daughter and a mother. Harriet Green's poems touch on every aspect of love in a way that is honest, lyrical and passionate. She combines love, lust and romantic reciprocity as it is combined in life, sometimes in balance, often painfully not.
The poems are playful, with varying styles from Haiku to Ballad to Blues. Structures and rhymes sometimes march along in order and sometimes play hide and seek, and whatever reactions they elicit, boredom will not be among them. This little book is a literary delight as well as an emotional tour de force.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charmain porter on 18 Dec 2005
Format: Paperback
An absolute must for avid readers, especially those searching for something, which is wonderful in style and co-ordination. The book is well balanced – and yet when you finish your memories of each poem just make you want to open up and start all over again. I think this book is appealing to all poetry lovers, a treasure for everyone, and for people who don’t read poetry, this little gem would certainly get you started!
Creative and unique, I have never read a collection quite like it before, and I can only hope Harriet Green comes back with some more, she keeps it all together, and we can believe in her poetical style. This book has my top rating, in favourable contentment. Congratulations on this gem piece, I couldn’t put it down, and now I can sit and look at the world from a different point of view, some fruits will never be the same again, and sexy poetry is more needed in our growing contemporary market.
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