Heavenly Sex

Heavenly Sex is a book of poems about varieties of love, sacred and profane. It is, at the same time, as noted by Robert Bly, a celebration of one of the more unusual father-son relationships. A self-taught Russian immigrant, drawing on a variety of ancient mystical teachings, the father emerges as the book’s central figure.

As critic William Minor observed, Sward presents “abstruse or complex concerns in a manner that is refreshingly straightforward, even simple” at the same time he manages to tell a story, “providing a continuous narrative thread, yet remaining totally lyrical at the same time.”

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