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Famous Steaminess Rating

By Naomi Shihab Nye

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Steaminess Rating


The erotic climax of 'Famous' occurs in lines 8-9 of the poem, where an idea gets rather cuddly with a bosom. Now, usually we wouldn't consider this a particularly titillating scene, but we like the word bosom and we like to think that that idea is happy pressed up against that bosom.

And anyway, it's a lot sexier than the shuffling men who smile while crossing the street.

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