The poems in Kiss, Kiss reclaim, memorialize and reexamine significant but ordinary longings, daydreams, people and locations we too often take for granted.
Linda gives an overview of the book:
Let my fingers, cool as a leopard's
gaze, raise your hackles and more.
Lamplight, more than we need,
shows you the white lake my body
pools into under yours.
And my mouth in shadow
will make you believe
in life after death.
One small scratch widens,
ulcerates into something
almost beautiful, red and white,
a gorge, chasm, a window
into the body surrendering,
even tape not holding it together.
Stitches? No option that this heart,
frail as papyrus,
can tolerate and survive,
the cut's two bruised lips
toward each other,
death's little pucker,
Just out, Kiss Kiss, won the 2007 Open Competition of Cleveland State University Poetry Center. With four Pushcart nominations, one previous collection Toward Desire, five chapbooks, three Yaddo fellowships, Harper has published in over 80 literary journals...