Many of the poems included here were
found in an on-line anthology developed by a person who identified
himself as "Ianthe." We don't know who Ianthe actually was. From his
comments and reflections we can surmise that he was a well informed,
intelligent person. My guess is that he was a professor of literature.
In any case, our indebtedness to Ianthe is acknowledged
It is our belief that significant poetry has a political
dimension. By causing a shift in our consciousness of who we
are in our situation, good poetry will inevitably change power
relationships and lead to a modification of social norms. Deep changes
in social relationships are sustainable only if they are
preceded or accompanied by a change in consciousness.
In this section we are not advocating for any specific changes. What we
do hope to show is that strong currents of Eros between pubescent and
even pre-pubescent individuals and adults have been, and continue to
be, a universal and important aspect of the human experience. Also we
hope to make it clear that the myth of the "innocent" (that is to say,
a-sexual) child is just that -- a myth. Although many important
questions regarding how to best handle these facts remain un-answered,
and even undiscussed, we believe that any social order that does not
begin with the acknowledgment and celebration of these facts will
provide its members with neither safety or liberation.
The poems are arranged in alphabetical order by title. We hope that
will enjoy them.