Poet Nin Andrews has orgasms all to herself - at least as a subject for prose poetry. Her The Book of Orgasms offers lyric approaches to the ecstatic subject as diverse and exhaustive as the Kama Sutra's. In "Defining the Orgasm" she writes, "The fact is, orgasms are everywhere, though when we ask what an orgasm is, we find ourselves at a loss for words. Some call orgasms faith, others consider them music, still others say they are the best of ourselves in our best possible positions." Some of those tried and true twistings include "The Cosmic Orgasm," "The Sad Orgasm" and even "How to Farm an Orgasm."
The perhaps prurient acclaim Andrews gathered for this work shouldn't overshadow her other equally original efforts. David Lehman writes of the "sensual enchantments and imaginative adventures" to be found in Why They Grow Wings. Others write of her "deliciously outrageous" wit and the "surprising, sharp and wild" impulses of her narratives.
Andrews has also authored the collections Spontaneous Breasts and the recent Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane. She lives in Ohio.
The provocative Nin Andrews will offer her work for public excitement on March 30, 7:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Library's Lilly Auditorium, as part of the Reiberg Reading Series. Call 317-274-9831 for further information.