Author Thoughts on The Punany Experience: The war Between Tops and Bottoms

Author Thoughts on The Punany Experience: The war Between Tops and Bottoms

The Punany Experience novel is based on a poem, War Between Tops and Bottoms, which is in my poetry book, Verbal Penetration. I intended to expand the conversation the poem had started at The Punany Poets shows, when men in our audience began to squirm in their seats at the mention of the power of the prostate. I wanted to write this book in contrast to the many novels about the down-low, a term used to described men who had secret sexual affairs with men, while living as straight men, in relationships with women. 


After learning more about the prostate gland, and the immense pleasure men feel when it is stimulated, the idea for the book began to take form. Rather than buy into the idea that men on the down low secretly desired the comfort of other men, I pointed to the hot spot that is usually ignored entirely by women during sexual trysts with men. 


To begin with, I removed stigmas that connect male anal play from homosexual identity. I didn't want to involve prison, gang culture, or poverty either. What resulted was a story about a well-to-do female couple who blur the lines of gender identity through power exchange with a straight man. Korea is a confident, dominant businesswoman whose insatiable need for power is only matched by her partner Stormy's need to top from the bottom.


The time I spent with these complicated characters was enlightening for me, as I learned to manage my own ego as creator of The Punany Poets. We were a powerhouse of sexual psychology, with more responsibility than I was prepared for at 29, when we went global. I was also the only poet signed with Zane, feeling the pressure to be good enough, not unlike the character Stormy. I wrote this under Zane's Strebor imprint, so The Punany Experience is a book of erotica, with graphic adult scenes, but I managed to tell a bigger story that redefines the human power dynamic. Some may look at Stormy as powerless and weak, because of things she endures to be with Korea. 


But, the thing, least discussed in the reviews on Amazon, was something I spent a lot of time on. That thing is food. Food is ever-present between these pages. Food is eroticized. Food educates in this book. Stormy is a chef, who gave up her goals to be a life partner. But in her capacity as nutritionist, she holds a great deal of power in her relationship with Korea and all who sup in her passive-aggressive world. 


Jessica Holter

 

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