The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers

The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers

by Brian Turner (Editor)

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Overview

A deliciously diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoirs, where writers explore the deeply human act of kissing.

From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Reykjavik; from the panchayat forests of India to the Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Northern Ireland; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports around the globe—people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The devastating kiss. The kiss we can’t take back. The kiss we can never give. The kiss that changes a life. In this anthology, writers and thinkers share their thoughts on a specific kiss—the unexpected and unforgettable—in an attempt to bridge the gulf, to connect us to one another on a deeply human level, and to explore the messy and complicated intimacies that exist in our actual lives, as well as in the complicated landscape of the imagination.

Sparked and developed from a series curated for Guernica by editor Brian Turner, this is a book meant to be read from cover to cover, just as much as it’s meant to be dipped into—with each kiss pulling us closer to the moments in our lives that matter most.

"A kiss, you see, can carry not just a heart in it, but a soul." —from Pico Iyer, "The Kiss at Dawn"

"There are countries in that kiss, years of experience, ghosts of past lovers and the tricks they taught you." —from Siobhan Fallon, "The Ride"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393635263
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 843,222
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brian Turner is the author of the memoir My Life as a Foreign Country and the poetry collections Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise. He directs the low-residency MFA at Sierra Nevada College. The Kiss was conceived with his late wife, the acclaimed poet Ilyse Kusnetz, to whom it is dedicated. It was developed from a series he curated for Guernica.

Table of Contents

Introduction Brian Turner xi

The Last Kiss Nick Flynn 1

Notes On The Invisible Kiss Aimee Nezhukumatathil 3

The Kiss At Dawn Pico Iyer 5

Interlude Kim Addonizio 7

The Kiss I Would Have Spent On You Laure-Anne Bosselaar Kurt Brown 10

Bazooka Smackdown Patricia Smith 13

The Summons Mark Doty 15

The Secret Kiss Ilyse Kusnetz 20

Where Scars Reside Major Jackson 22

A Symphony In Rain Kazim Ali 27

Kiss, Kiss, kiss Camille T. Dungy 30

Light Years Rebecca Makkai 33

Kissing Joe F_ Philip Metres 35

Half Fable Terrance Hayes 38

The Evolution Of A Kiss Nickole Brown 44

Kissing Melissa Benjamin Busch 47

Kiss, Kiss Ira Sukrungruang 50

Trigger Lacy M. Johnson 53

A Letter To My Wife On Her 40th Birthday Brian Castner 55

Falling Andre Dubus III 57

The Ride Siobhan Fallon 60

Hollywood, Ending Schafer John c 64

A Small Harvest Of Kisses Guy de Maupassant Marcel Danesi Diane Ackerman Roxane Gay U.S. Army's Journal for Homeland Defense Civil Support and Security Cooperation in North America Aimee Bender Junot Díaz F. Scott Fitzgerald J. M. Barrie Joyce Carol Oates Jonathan Durrant Cormac McCarthy Marlon James Gabriel García Márquez George Saunders Toni Morrison Markus Zusak Brad Watson Hilary Lawson Steve Martin 71

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Téa Obreht Dan Sheehan 85

Contagion Roxana Robinson 91

Kiss Honor Moore 93

Genesis Christopher Merrill 94

A Motion Of Pleasure J. Mae Barizo 97

Kiss, Bounce, Grace Steven Church 100

Fruit Cameron Dezen Hammon 107

Fire The Angel Martin Espada 109

Leaning In Dinty W. Moore 112

The Revolutionary Kiss Tina Chang 114

The Heavy Load Adam Dalva 117

Maude Kimiko Hahn 121

Judas Kiss Tom Sleigh 123

The Smuggler Ada Limón 126

A Kiss For The Dying Suzanne Roberts 129

Man Without Fear Sholeh Wolpé 133

Winter Solstice Bich Minh Nguyen 135

The Greatest Show On Earth Kristen Radtke 137

Skeery The Blue Christian Kiefer 140

A Reckoning Of Kisses Beth Ann Fennelly 167

Late-Night Sessions With A Black Liberal Progressive Christopher Paul Wolfe 171

Aylan Kurdi, Age Three Matthew Komatsu 177

Bat Vision John Mauk 182

Ein Kuss Im Krieg Dave Essinger 189

The Kisses We Never Give Kathryn Miles 192

On Writing The Intimate Nickole Brown Benjamin Busch Camille T. Dungy Pico Iyer Major Jackson Philip Metres Sholeh Wolpé 196

Contributors 205

Everlasting Kisses 220

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SiobhanMFallon More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure, I have a story inside, so my objectivity may be viewed with skepticism. But I genuinely love this book. I hadn't read it in its entirely until it landed on my doorstep after publication and I was so delighted with the final result. There is a little bit of everything inside, nonfiction essays and conversations, touching memoir, short stories that border on poetry and mind-bending science fiction. Sexy, funny, heart-breaking, this is an incredible collection, and I am so honored to have my writing inside.