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First-Ever vox Poetry Contest 8th Runner-up: New Year’s Kiss

01.10.11 Posted in Contest 1, today's words by

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First-Ever vox poetica Poetry Contest! Today’s Words 8th Runner-up:
New Year’s Kiss
By Kenneth Karrer

Just before we kissed
I felt the
Fragrance of your face.

A fireworked field of radiance held
Us there
At something less than
Distance … 

That fundamental magic
That makes a tear drop
Hold its shape,
Kept us there suspended
On the very edge of momentary

I wonder what a photograph of that
Would show?
Such fine moments do not merely

They are fantastic, cosmic, ticks
That glow,
Like memories of

The moment before a kiss becomes a kiss.

Kenneth Karrer’s most recent poem to appear at vox poetica was You Were Something Else, published as part of Contributor Series 7: The Confessional Diary of Bone.

4 Responses to “First-Ever vox Poetry Contest 8th Runner-up: New Year’s Kiss”

  1. bobbie troy says:

    Lovely poem.

  2. Sarah says:

    Wow! I love “At something less than / Distance …” You capture this so well.

  3. bobbie troy says:


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