for Elise

Original Text: 

J. A Hamilton, Steam Cleaning Love (Toronto: Brick Books, 1993): 27. For the poet reading this poem, see

1Oh that kiss in a bottle, messy thing
2like egg yolks splatting the floor,
3kiss in your kitchen, slippery,
4hands and knees sex crawl kiss.
5Kiss of nasty girls begging the blender,
6the wooden spoon, the wiggly jam.
8kiss of want engorged kiss, buttocks upturned.
9Kiss of won't and can't kiss not that kiss.


7] cayenne: a hot chili pepper. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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© Jane Eaton Hamilton, from whom permission to republish must be obtained in writing.