Poetica Erotica

Poetry - Love/Romance
150 Pages
Reviewed on 11/28/2019
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Poetica Erotica by Tim Cross is a collection of love and romance poems that would appeal most to an audience of adult poetry lovers who enjoy erotic themes. The collection holds more than 50 different poems that explore the motives of those who utilize online dating websites. The poems all reflect the different wondering and motives that may have been involved in the online dating website decision, ranging from causes like loneliness to the seeking of a discreet partner. Are you ready to explore the realms of online dating through the lens of poetry?

Poetica Erotica by Tim Cross is a well-written collection of poetry with an intriguing cover that aroused my interest in the pages that followed. The author did a wonderful job in keeping each poem unique while also keeping them all tied together by a theme. Each poem was written over a black and white image that matched up with the words of each poem perfectly. The explicit nature of some of the images does make this poetry collection more suited for an adult audience. However, I personally found that the images were well chosen and served to enhance the collection. My favorite poem in the collection was titled “You.” This poem only had four lines to it, but it made me smile as it reminded me of the 'roses are red and violets are blue' children’s poem, yet I personally found this poem to be the better one. I liked the way the author varied the lengths of the poems so that each one was the perfect length for the topic of the poem.

Ruffina Oserio

Poetica Erotica by Tim Cross is a collection of poems that are sensually rich, exploring themes of intimacy, sexual experience, and the depth of solitude. The author captures experiences of intimacy and longing with skill and transforms sexuality into a song that resonates with the hushed longings of the reader and awakens them to the pleasures of the flesh. This is a work for mature readers, but it is not written without some respect for the subject. At times the emotions captured are raw. The style is beautiful and there is a limpidity in the writing that makes for an enjoyable read. The music is felt in every line and the rhymes fit so naturally, one doesn’t feel as though they are forced.

Look at the author’s use of metaphor and imagery, describing a sexual moment.

As you lay in my Tiger lair
I will run my fingers through your hair
As I kiss and caress your curvy form
Then let you drift off, until the morn.

Tim Cross is a gifted poet and the poetry he writes reflects the music of the human body. The lines are short, making for rhythms that are fast and enticing. Each poem is composed of few lines, some broken up into just two stanzas. Poetica Erotica is transporting and utterly enjoyable, capturing sentiments that are so familiar to the human spirit. In this collection, you will find words for love, intimacy, longing, and genuine human encounter.

Mamta Madhavan

Poetica Erotica by Tim Cross is a collection of poems that spells out sensuality and is a reflection of the poet's interactions with different women at various places and stages. The poems reveal the poet's longing to interact with the women whom he finds exhilarating and exciting. Readers can feel the heat, the passion, the chemistry, and the sensuousness in the poems, and if readers of this collection happen to be men, it will make them look at women with a different perception and make them more aware of what makes a woman attractive and beautiful. If the readers happen to be women, it will make them appreciate their gorgeousness and look at their beautiful physiques in a different way.

The first four lines of the poem 'Just Seeking You' form the concept that runs through most of the poems in the collection and demonstrate the poet's thoughts and moods perfectly. It is difficult to choose my favorite one in this collection as all the poems capture the sexual appeal of a woman aesthetically. 'What a Woman Wants' calls out to all women and asks them to be more confident when it comes to expressing their needs and desires without being shy. There is an element of urgency, longing, and passion that runs through all the poems in this collection, and they also put women on a pedestal by making their beauty, sex appeal, and voluptuousness look and feel divine. The rhyming verses make the poems read lyrically and give them a good fluidity and pace.

Jamie Michele

Poetica Erotica by Tim Cross is a large compilation of succinct seductive and sensual poetry. In total there are one hundred and thirty-eight individual poems that are consistent in the author's chosen format, as each follows the same rhyme scheme: a closed couplet with two successive rhyming lines. Cross has increased this with two separate couplets (the second immediately following the first) to form the verse, although each couplet has the same meter to form a complete thought even within the same verse. The result is a pleasing collection of lyrical, often sing-song style poems ranging from realistic to fantasy, and from practical to philosophical. “I do seek and I want to find; That perfect woman with a naughty mind...”

Tim Cross has written an expansive anthology of poetry in Poetica Erotica, holding nothing back as the verses dance between the explicitly erotic and suggestively sensual. My favorite is called Little Red Riding Hood, a play on the classic tale in which Red Riding Hood's companion assures her that there's no need to worry about a wolf when she's with a wild tiger. Another is A Smile, in which the simple act of smiling is not so simple, instead hiding a multitude of messages behind it. Cross writes with an openness that makes the poems easy to understand and with a directness that I imagine those readers who prefer straightforward verses will find immensely enjoyable. "When I close my eyes I dream of this; Then I await our first passionate kiss..."

Andrae Douglas

Poetica Erotica by Tim Cross is an interesting collection of erotic poetry based on his experiences with women in the cyber world. The subjects examined in Poetica Erotica were found on dating websites or other social media platforms. Being the inquisitive and methodological scientist that he is, Cross was enthusiastic to discover what led these women to subscribe to these dating sites, knowing that the motives may vary from boredom, loneliness, lack of sex, sheer fun, promiscuity to a genuine interest in finding that special someone. As such, the selection of poems on offer is suggestive of or is based on one or more of the aforementioned theories. Expect descriptive, nonstop, uncensored, intense, mind-blowing sex.

Cancel your dating site membership; throw away the latest edition of your favorite erotic magazine. Poetica Erotica by Tim Cross is quite an attractive alternative and is well worth the read. Using sharp and witty rhymes mixed with pick-up lines, Cross charms his prey into his lair before transforming into a wild tiger willing to fulfill all his fantasies and theirs. Whether he is the hunter or he’s being hunted, playing the role of the forever partner, the other half of an affair, or just an outright pervert, Tim Cross knows no limits as he pushes boundaries and explicitly states his intentions. The imaginative Cross takes no prisoners as he vividly paints his thoughts on canvas using his literary paintbrush. Poetica Erotica is nothing short of a sizzling, daring adventure.