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Portable Kisses

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'There are as many nuances and inflections for kisses as there are lips to kiss', says American poet Tess Gallagher. This text is a collection of playful, serious and sassy poems about kisses.
Paperback, 93 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Bloodaxe Books (first published October 1978)
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Everett Darling
The theme is fantastic, kept declaring I was carrying a book with me, "it´s totally portable," to whomever cared, before reading out my newest favorite to them. One Kiss might be the best, though Elegy with a Blue Pony, and Fan Shaped Kiss are also really good. These poems range from sassy to serious, from light to heartbreaking all in one totally portable volume-many angles of love.
I was not impressed with the use of the "kiss" theme. I though it felt like a cheap gimmick. The topics were interesting ideas that I often find intriguing (the complications of love), but the language and style did not combine to move me. About half way through, the reading of this book got tedious.
While I generally admire Gallagher as a poet, and appreciate her female perspective on love, this book didn’t quite do it for me—liked some, didn’t like others.
Mar 09, 2010 Doug rated it 2 of 5 stars
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The attempted theme pulled me in, but in the end it didn't work. Too many of the poems seemed forced and too many lines were "on the nose," lacking irony.
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Tess Gallagher is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and My Black Horse. She will release her collection of New and Selected Poems entitled Midnight Lantern in October 2011. Gallagher is also the author of Amplitude, Soul Barnacles: Ten More Years with Ray, A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry, and three collections of short fiction: At the Owl Wom ...more
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Moon Crossing Bridge: Poetry Amplitude: New and Selected Poems Dear Ghosts,: Poems The Lover of Horses At the Owl Woman Saloon: Stories

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