Reason to Drool Over Poetry

I’ve read a number of posts over the years from fellow bloggers about their love/lust of authors from the Book Lady’s Panty Throwing to bloggers like Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin?’s spotlights on the books she’s drooling over.  I know that we all drool over actors and various book series and more, but when it comes to poetry, many people shy away or turn their backs.

I’ve got a little incentive for you to consider reading poetry or looking at the poets who make the poems.  Have you heard of the Naked Muse 2012 Calendar? If you follow my Facebook/Twitter updates, you may have when I shared the Huffington Post article on this little gem.

(I want to formally thank Anna since she sent it to me at a time I was struggling on what to write about for my first poetry post)

I really love that these poets decided to bare all for a good cause — see poets aren’t always purposefully confusing and there to just drive you crazy with seemingly incongruous allusions and metaphors.  In fact, their meanings can be as plain as the skin that they bare to the camera.  I’d love to see some American poets get in on this little project.

I like the idea that 100% of the profits will be used to help those with Type 1 Diabetes through research at JDRF.

What contemporary or classic poets would you like to see in a naked calendar?  What is your poetry post about today?

I hope you’ll consider joining the 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge.

For those in the challenge who already have reviewed poetry volumes in January, please put your full links in the Mr. Linky below:


  1. Added Pomesallsizes, as a resource for all those wanting to look up stuff poetic, if you’ve got links, magazines, publishers etc. that I’ve not got, please leave us the details so I can add them, as I want this to be an ongoing project for everything that supports the Pomes.

  2. Need to Spread the Love.

  3. Thank you for participating this month, Serena! I love that this is for a good cause. The portraits are beautiful. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Evangeline says

    I must admit that I find the nude idea for a calendar to raise awareness of diabetes startling. I’m all for it when it comes to raising funds for diabetes since I have family members who have it, but I can’t help feeling startled.
    Poetry isn’t my cup of the tea 90% of the time. For the 10%, I like the ones which convey strong emotions using few words. Absolutely beautiful.

    • I was a bit startled myself, but it must be selling or they wouldn’t do it, right? But then again it is overseas…and u.s. residents tend to be less enthralled with their poets or only know the dead ones.

  5. An interesting idea…

  6. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books says

    Verrry interesting … and all for a good cause 🙂

    Three cheers for Parrish’s comment, so clever!

  7. Just because I went over his bridge today, I’d love to see Walt Whitman. Wait … actually I take that back!

  8. Hilarious and awesome. Sappho would be on my list. Perhaps even my favorite Victorian poets as pinups? Shameful/awesome. 🙂

  9. I guess I’m thinking back to the days (20 years ago) when I had a class on “contemporary” poetry and I can’t think of a single one that I’d want to see naked, especially for example, not Robert Bly — ewwww. I’m sure he’d do it, though, and maybe he did, because I didn’t look at the calendar (I’m averting my eyes) :).

  10. WOW! to Parrish. Impressive!

  11. I love this. I’d like to see a young Robert Lowell in one of these calendars.
    James, I see where you’re coming from. But if you look at the photos, you’ll notice that they are quite tastefully done. It’s not exploitative. It’s beautiful and humorous. It’s also for an important cause.
    p.s. I’ll have to think about the pinup idea. 🙂

    • I really loved this idea and the cause it supports…which I think I will revise this post to add that information in there as well, since its a cause I would like to support.

      I’m sure there are some that would love to see your pinup idea. 🙂

  12. Not sure about this idea
    it seems kinda strange
    a lot of naked derrières
    all over the place

    spouting their prose
    their couplets & rhyme
    whilst removing their clothes
    one piece at a time

    posing with book
    finger placed upon line
    trying not to look
    intent on the rhymer

    or that’s what I’d say
    if anyone asked
    I was caught up in the wordplay
    didn’t notice the a*$^.

    didn’t notice the flesh
    jiggling in rhyme
    to the emotions expressed
    with heart beating time

    and if caught in this act
    my eyes bulging wide
    I’d reply with great tact
    that I was intent on the rhyme.

  13. Wanted to add that I was going to subscribe to the comments for this post, but I don’t see the box to click to do that.

  14. In response to James’ comment above, I don’t think anyone should sell their bodies, but it certainly well draw people’s attention to poetry and it’s a far cry from prostitution! 😉

    Glad to be of help in spotting the link! I’m hoping to have a poetry review tomorrow, fingers crossed!

    • I don’t think anyone should sell their bodies either, but maybe I should have been clearer that its for a good cause – helping end Diabetes!

  15. I looked this up and was tickled by the photo of Max Wallis on the “opium bed” in Coleridge’s study!

  16. James Eisenstein says

    I’d rather most poets kept their clothes on. This seems very odd to me. I’m not sure I agree with this. But for aesthetic purposes, there are some young poets I wouldn’t mind. If that gorgeous young woman who wrote the triptych poetry piece decided to do a pin-up I wouldn’t close my eyes. But poets should not sell their bodies.

    • I agree that some poets probably should not take their clothes off, but I think its a good way to see poets not all as old, gray haired men, but as young men and women…who just may be sexy!


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