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THE KISS by Kurt Brown

               for L.A. That kiss I failed to give you. How can you forgive me?

                                  for L.A.

That kiss I failed to give you.
How can you forgive me?
The kiss I would have spent on you is still
there, within me. It will probably die there.
But it will be the last of me to die.

 

 

 

 

 

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“After Kurt’s passing, I was asked by editors of literary reviews to send poems by him, so that they could publish some of his new work in memoriam. At the same time, Tiger Bark Press asked me for all of Kurt’s poems to start working on a collection entitled: I’ve Come This Far to Say Hello: New and Selected Poems by Kurt Brown. So I very reluctantly went into Kurt’s computer — something I never thought I’d have to do — in search of all those poems. In a file entitled “Almost Poems,” I found about fifty poems in different stages of completion, filed in alphabetical order by title. I read, and read those poems for a long, sad afternoon. Then, under the letter “T”, I found “The Kiss” — written a month and a half before he passed away.” ~ Laure-Anne Bosselaar

 

 

 

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About Kurt Brown

Kurt Brown
Kurt Brown (1944-2013) founded the Aspen Writers' Conference and Writers' Conferences & Centers. His books include six full-length collections of poetry, including Time-Bound (Tiger Bark Press, 2013). He edited ten anthologies of poetry, including Killer Verse: Poems about Murder and Mayhem (with Harold Schechter). His memoir, Lost Sheep: A Portrait of Aspen in the 70s, was published by Conundrum Press in 2012. He taught for many years at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. A collection of his work, entitled I Came This Far to Say Hello: New and Selected Poems by Kurt Brown will be published in 2014 by Tiger Bark Press.