Heavenly Sex

Heavenly Sex is a book of poems about varieties of love, sacred and profane.

It is, at the same time, as noted by Robert Bly, a celebration of one of the more unusual father and son relationships. A self taught Russian immigrant, drawing on a variety of ancient mystical teachings, the father emerges as the books central figure.


Glory be to God for the tiresome and tedious,
Glory be to God for tedium,
for no news about anything,

for newspaper strikes and power outages,
lethargy and downtime.

Postpone and delay. And again,
postpone and delay.
No place to go. No way to get there.
No reason not to stay.

Glory be to God for inaction,
for not getting things done,
for not getting anything done,

No huffin’, no puffin’,
just some of that slow and easy,
the woman lackadaisically on top,
the man lackadaisically on top.
Yummy, yummy, take your time,
yummy, yummy, I’ll take mine.

Slow and easy,
slow and easy.
Glory be to God, O glory.

O glory be to God.

(Read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac)

From the Publisher
As critic William Minor observed, Sward presents abstruse or complex concerns in a manner that is refreshingly straightforward, even simple, at the same time he manages to tell a story, providing a continuous narrative thread, yet remaining totally lyrical at the same time.

The New York Times Book Review
…fierce, new minted and convincing… he [Sward] has a voice and a range.
– John Malcom Brinnin on Kissing the Dancer

Len Anderson, Poetry Santa Cruz Newsletter, November, 2002
Robert Sward’s new book, Heavenly Sex continues his dialogue with his eccentric, lovable, browbeating, mystical, downright hilarious podiatrist father…
From the Author
As poet Len Anderson writes, the new book, Heavenly Sex, continues the dialogue with an eccentric, browbeating, mystical podiatrist father, the same character who powered Rosicrucian In The Basement.

This time the father brings us good news: “Writer, schmyter,/you’re unemployed./Unemployed people must make love/at least once a day.” As Len notes, Such prescriptions from the Talmud and surprising metaphysical revelations seamlessly woven with advice on care of the feet and disappointment with his son make this character unforgettable.

The book also folds in a section of animal poems including the classic “Uncle Dog: the Poet at 9″ and a third section which includes another classic, “Hello Poem,” and the wonderful “Report from the Front” and “Ode to Torpor.”

-Len Anderson is co-founder of Poetry Santa Cruz and Hummingbird Press

From the Inside Flap
Speaking of Robert Swards earlier selection, American Book Award winner Dana Gioia says, The CD is terrific. Rosicrucian in the Basement unfolds perfectly at its own pace and never loses the listener.

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