poetry by Marcia Falk

Sexy Lyrics from the Bible

A new translation of The Song of Songs

This poem corresponds to chapter 5:2 through chapter 6:3 of The Song of Songs. Marcia Falk, the Anis Nin of biblical erotica, has composed lyric lines that are spectacularly different from standard Bible translations. Lean, raw, intoxicating, they are also suffused with Falk’s literary perfect pitch. Even her 115 pages of scholarly notes convey the crazed forgetfulness of loving. Falk’s Song of Songs should be a required possession of lovers. (Note: Passages spoken by a female voice are in roman typeface, the passage spoken by a male foice is in italic, and passages spoken by a group of women are in capitals.)

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