|S L O W L O V E : A P o l y n e s i a n
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Have you ever
those Gauguin's models were up to on their nights off?
Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book teaches that just as you see more of Nature when you are quiet—you discover more of your own sexual-emotional depths when you become more still. You will unfold a more pacific, unifying approach to passion.
The author takes you away on a journey into a more natural appreciation of the sense of touch. Slow love is about traditional romantic customs in the South Sea islands, where wisdom about loving was handed down from one generation to the next. In these cultures, the body was considered natural and touching a way of bringing two hearts into unity.
After all, when you think about it, all the pillow books, bride's books, and sex manuals in existence—except for Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book—are the products of cultures that wear a lot of clothing. However, in ancient Polynesian cultures, as in many other cultures near the tropics, not so much clothing was needed traditionally.
From birth, children rested in direct loving contact with naked skin of nearly-nude bodies, both day and night. Immersed in this sea of naked skin, these children developed a sense of the vast universe of touching that was more subtly nuanced and communicative than did infants living in more fully clothed cultures. For peoples in nearly nude cultures, the sight of or contact with a nude body—through lifelong habit—was not automatically an occasion for sexual arousal, but a merely a natural return to the familiar, full-body, and heartfelt warmth of physical intimacy. In such societies the nude body was no more considered nude than was a "nude" dolphin or a "nude" mango. Human bodies were considered beautiful, natural and full of spiritual power. The wisdom of sex teaching about deeply relaxing and peaceful realms of physical union was passed down orally.
James N. Powell’s writings on Polynesian lovemaking have been warmly embraced in Japan, where they sparked the Polynesian sex vogue. Inspired by Powell’s writings, Hiroyuki Itsuki, Japan's über author and Buddhist thinker, penned two volumes on South Seas sensuality. Also, Kunio Kitamura, Head of Japan’s Family Planning Association, enthusiastically promotes Powell’s thoughts on Polynesian-style passion as a way for couples to deepen sexual sensitivity and fulfillment. He writes: “Polynesian sex...involves taking a long time...and...allows energy in the form of weak electromagnetic waves—similar to the concept of ki—to flow, building up to create large waves that encompass the entire body and bring enormous pleasure and happiness.” Mr. Kitamura's job, after all, is to make Japanese couples happier in the boudoir.
Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book is beautiful designed by Renee Michaels, who also created covers for some other Powell titles: Postmodernism for Beginners and Eastern Philosophy for Beginners. It features stunning cover art by Berlin denizen Daniela Schütt Pozzo, who illustrates for The New Yorker, Maxim, Neon, Das Magazin, and her own zine, >>Sensual<<. Interior art is by Paul Gauguin, and the Hawai'i-influenced chapter heads art is by award-winning illustrator Caren Loebel-Fried.
Chapter titles include:
Notes from Bed
Tokyo in Heat
On Being Naked
On Doing Nothing
The Secret Valley
The Silence of the Hummingbird
Polynesian Passion--Your Experience