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Air Kissing on Mars
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Kim Dower’s poems are sensual and rhapsodic journeys through emotional landscapes sweeping everyday life. Playful, intelligent, funny, edgy, engaging—sometimes biting, ironic and dark, sometimes dreamy and surreal, full of poignancy and arresting metaphors, the daily, simple occurrences in Air Kissing On Mars startle and provoke, while stirring up the fairy dust and turbulent weight of memory; evoking the possibilities and gorgeous chaos of life. Open and inviting, these poems draw the reader into a world seen upside down, inside out, a sideways bird reporting on a universe filled with mystery and passion. Joan Didion meets Tinkerbell, Kim Dower’s poems are as whimsical and light as they are rich and intense. Simultaneously humorous and profound these passionate and personal poems, relatable to all, are drenched with vivid imagery, and sparkle with surprise. Lost languages, disappearing mailboxes, locomotives pummeling through dreams, taxi drivers thrown by the earth’s rotation, shadows in closets, vanishing carrots, men who exfoliate—all manner of haunting evocations come together in this opus of shining and startling wisdom.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. Section 1. True Stories
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. They took the mail box away
  2. p. 17
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  1. She Is Awakened by a Hair
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Dying Languages
  2. p. 20
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  1. I Love a Man Who Exfoliates
  2. p. 21
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  1. At a Poetry Reading Late Saturday Afternoon
  2. p. 22
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  1. Even in a Dream
  2. p. 23
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  1. Birth
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Geography Matters
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Visiting Janice
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Dressing Room
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. If My Father Were Alive
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. The Couple Next Door
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. The Ant in the Window
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. “They discontinued carrots,”
  2. p. 38
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  1. My Dogs
  2. p. 39
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  1. Different Mothers
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. Room Service English Muffins
  2. p. 42
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  1. She no longer fears bugs
  2. p. 43
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  1. The Gene
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Women’s Competition
  2. p. 46
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  1. Testing for Acid Reflux
  2. p. 47
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  1. The Mole They Cut Out of Your Chest
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. First E-Mail of the Day
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Palm Beach Poetry Festival: First Night
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Huge Rat in Laundry Room
  2. p. 54
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  1. Lucy
  2. p. 55
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  1. Alt. Flute 101
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. Next Time No Potatoes
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Old Man at Trader Joe’s
  2. p. 60
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  1. Killing the Fly
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Section 2. People Give Me Titles
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. The Nudists Are Getting Ready to Pack
  2. p. 65
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  1. Nightingale Fever
  2. p. 66
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  1. Bent Daisies
  2. p. 67
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  1. Lean into your feelings,
  2. p. 68
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  1. His Flavors Are Tender
  2. p. 69
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  1. The Teeth Beyond My Window
  2. p. 70
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  1. He Has Nothing Left to Say
  2. p. 71
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  1. The things I do in my car
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. The Woman Who Mistook a Bug for a Nut
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. Print Wendy’s Notes
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. drops on the mirror
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. The Runaway Poem
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. The Door (1)
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. The Door (2)
  2. p. 84
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  1. The Door (3)
  2. p. 85
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  1. When Gifts Go Wrong
  2. p. 86
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  1. “She Showed Me Pictures of Injuries”
  2. p. 87
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  1. The Coffin Bone
  2. p. 88
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  1. Section 3. Cranky in Paradise
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Green Is the New Pink
  2. p. 91
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  1. She can’t work
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Cranky in Paradise
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. Full Moon
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. The Things You Hate
  2. p. 98
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  1. it is what it is
  2. p. 99
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  1. Turbulence
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. Some Things Don’t Change
  2. p. 102
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  1. She Knows Where the Milk Is
  2. p. 103
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  1. He Doesn’t, She Does
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. She blew her nose
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. Cloud Coverage on Easter
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. Waiting for You in the Bar
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. I Am Returning
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. The Necessary Orange
  2. p. 114
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  1. 3 am
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Section 4. How To
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. How to Relax
  2. p. 119
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  1. How to Talk to Water
  2. pp. 120-121
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  1. How to Eat Turkey if You Don’t Like Turkey
  2. pp. 122-123
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  1. How to Look at Clouds
  2. pp. 124-126
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  1. How to Celebrate Your Birthday
  2. p. 127
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  1. How to Have a Nice Day
  2. pp. 128-130
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  1. Air Kissing on Mars
  2. p. 131
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  1. About the Author
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