Kiss, Kiss

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Poetry. "Reading KISS, KISS is like waking up in a strange bed with a new tattoo. These poems ride close to the skin, and generate their own heat. Linda Lee Harper takes us from the haunting familiarity of 'Summer, humid as an old aunt's apartment when she boils the fat out of ham,' to the electric pleasure of 'the beautiful boys on the avenue, / parading, winking hips at my hips.' It's as if Harper has reclaimed all of the memories we've hidden beneath our mattresses, and repopulated them in a world that is at ...
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Overview


Poetry. "Reading KISS, KISS is like waking up in a strange bed with a new tattoo. These poems ride close to the skin, and generate their own heat. Linda Lee Harper takes us from the haunting familiarity of 'Summer, humid as an old aunt's apartment when she boils the fat out of ham,' to the electric pleasure of 'the beautiful boys on the avenue, / parading, winking hips at my hips.' It's as if Harper has reclaimed all of the memories we've hidden beneath our mattresses, and repopulated them in a world that is at once alien and intimate. These are poems that demand a visceral response. Thankfully for the reader, they will not wash off"--Mary Biddinger, editor of Barn Owl Review.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880834787
  • Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: CSU Poetry LXIX
  • Edition description: CLEVELAND STATE UNIV. POETRY CENTER
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Linda Lee Harper divides her time between Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia. Born in Cincinnati and educated at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her MFA in Poetry, she is the author of five poetry chapbooks and one previous full-length collection, Toward Desire (Word Works, 1996), winner of the 1995 Washington Prize for Poetry. Her poems have previously appeared in such journals as The Georgia Review, Rattle, Seneca Review, and Southern Humanities Review, and have been recognized with fellowship residences at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
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Table of Contents

Birdy opens the door 3

Hallowed Ground 4

Butterfly Bush 6

Aunt Avis 7

Wind 9

Color 10

Trophies 11

Apologia: Thirty Years and Counting 12

Her Regrets 14

Her Mother's Sex Life in the Fifties 16

Faking It 17

Oranges 18

Promises 19

The Ethos of the Eccentric and Other Bullshit 20

When I Get Like That, Put Me Out Under a Tree 21

Resting Under Magnolias / Put Me Out Under a Tree 22

Reading Voltaire in Augusta, GA 27

Sunbathing 31

Saratoga 33

What we need now 34

There is this need 35

With relief 37

You're not nearly as interesting 38

Bad luck and bad weather 39

Waffle House Blues 41

Bistro 369 44

If the Fat Fits, Wear It 46

Porphyria 48

Heart Lust 49

Catfish 50

Stars key of the Lightning-Brown Hair 52

We cling 54

Another day boating 57

Even the bass in the channel 59

In the part-time bliss 60

Where is it measured 62

Waiting it out 64

A life untold 66

Unintended Consequences 68

The oldest dog in the world 69

Under all the ugly 71

In the warp 73

Water 75

Final Cut 77

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