Bill Wolak

by Horror Sleaze Trash on July 6, 2012

Bill Wolak is a poet who has just published his fourth book of poetry entitled Warming the Mirror with The Feral Press. He is currently working on a translation of the Italian poet Annelisa Addolorato with Maria Bennett. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Xanthippe of Athens

Xanthippe’s unequaled in beauty, unrivaled in cleverness,

a peerless musician, and an incomparable lover.

Not only that, but she’s so crazy you never know

what she’ll try next!   No other girl will do the things

I ask her so cheaply and so willingly.  During our last symposium,

she acted as if she were competing in the erotic olympics,

urging us into contorted positions only acrobats can enjoy safely—

groping, kissing, and flirting even with the older men who couldn’t get it up.

And even after she offered her body to everyone

in whatever position he desired—sometimes even twice—

she swore to me that she adored fellating every man at the banquet,

one after another as they lined up at the door to leave at dawn.

And without jacking up her price!  There’s no one else like her.

The Love Chair

Edward VII, while he was still Prince of Wales,

frequented Parisian brothels to such an extent

that he gained a reputation as a voluptuary.

At Le Chabanais, the most luxurious whorehouse in its heyday,

where his coat of arms hung above the unsurpassed sumptuousness

of his favorite bed, he first conceived and arranged the construction

of the inimitable Love Chair for his more complicated assignations.

The Love Chair, or “siège d’amour,” was specially designed

so that the Prince, who in those days was known

as “Edward the Caresser,” could make love comfortably

with two or more women simultaneously.

Pelew Islanders

When Europeans first landed

on the Pelew Islands, the naked natives

greeted them with horrified astonishment.

Touching the sailor’s clothes with trembling fingers,

they begged to know what method of tattoo

produced such strange and colorful skin.

The Two Lovers of Southern Gaul

After living happily for thirty years together

Injuriousus of Auvergne and his wife,

who had elected to practice a continent marriage

without sex in the new Christian tradition,

died within a few weeks of each other

early in the 5th Century. Their servants quickly

erected two tombs for the couple,

on opposite walls of their cellar.

But in the middle of the night, the two tombs

mysteriously appeared joined together

in the center of the room inextricably merged

like the root systems of two adjacent trees.

Since then, the house has been called

The Two Lovers.

The Champagne Bathtub

In its most de luxe suite, Le Chabanais,

the most exclusive Parisian “maison de tolerance,”

offered the incomparable champagne bathtub–

a huge copper tub the front of which was decorated

with the naked torso and breasts of a woman

and the neck, head, and wings of a swan.

The champagne bath was celebrated as the pinnacle

of erotic aphrodisiacs, and praised also for its

salubrious, restorative, and rejuvenating qualities.

Lovers could either order the champagne bath

in advance at an appointed hour heated to the desired

temperature or enjoy emptying the pre-opened bottles

over each other as a form of frothy foreplay.

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