An Oral Stimulation in Four Parts

Try imagining yourself as an old person panting his way to a frenzied orgasm.

Leonardo da Vinci wrote: “Copulation is awkward and disgusting.” And then he painted the Mona Lisa.

Just as the waiter asked, “Milk with that?” I imagined something smooth, undifferentiated, and modestly rounded disappear in a neat V between marble thighs.

Sitting beside an anonymous nineteenth-century daguerreotype of a bearded man fingering a woman in braids, I shyly stated, “Erect penises are few and far between in Western art, except in a few depictions of horny satyrs.”

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