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Black Silk: a Collection of African American Erotica. (fiction reviews).

Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica edited by Retha Powers Warner, February 2002, $13.95 ISBN 0-446-67691-8

"There were lovers giggling in the A&P, nose to nose in the ATM line, holding on to each other in the Chinese laundry, slapping butts coming out of the YMCA, and the couple in front of me hadn't even stopped kissing long enough to answer how many coffees they wanted at Starbucks." This telltale line from Bil Wright's short story "Jalepe'o Love," which opens the latest contribution to black erotic fiction, sets the stage for this ambitious merging of delightfully diverse corporeal fantasy.

Powers' collection may just be the most daring compilation of erotica to date. Black Silk effectively pushes the sexual envelope with stories that delve far deeper than the usual lust-lite treatments. Black Silk includes contributions by well-known authors such as Eric Jerome Dickey, Bernice L. McFadden, Jacqueline Woodson, Lolita Files, Reginald Harris, Bruce Morrow, Thomas Glave, Carl Weber and Donna Hill among others, as well as new voices. Some of the pieces skim the boundaries of adult fiction without delving into hardcore erotica.

Camika Spencer writes of finding a different kind of love in the Web's global village. Kathleen Morris takes a traffic-stop fantasy to new heights, and Breena Clarke discovers that full-figured romance might be the very best kind. "It's not the beauty," says Clarke, "it's the booty."

In Black Silk, readers don't have to choose. Instead, they can wade at their leisure through a generous sampling of the best of many worlds.

--Samiya A. Bashir is the author of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Art & Literature.
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Author:Bashir, Samiya A.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Mar 1, 2002
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