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Jessica Learned to Kiss

Charles Tomlinson


Jessica Learned to Kiss

Charles Tomlinson


Jessica Learned to Kiss

Jessica Learned To Kiss

Jessica learned to kiss,
Yet never would
Kiss me. This

Witholding of a kiss
Seemed to be
Part of her glee
At parting.

Or was she
Wise enough to see
That to defer
Made time doubt
Its hold on her
And me?

At all events
Only this week,
Perhaps disenchanted
With philosophic teasing,
A kiss she planted
On my cheek.


from Selected Poems 1955-97 (OUP, 1997), copyright © Charles Tomlinson 1997, used by permission of the author and the publisher

Recordings

Charles Tomlinson Reading from his Poems

1Above Manhattan

2Fountain

3Revolution, Piazza di Spagna

4To Vasko Popa in Rome

5Winter Journey I

6Winter Journey IV

7To My Daughter

8Jessica Learned to Kiss

9After the Poetry Reading

10Colloquy with a Grandchild

11A Given Grace

12A Rose for Janet

13Event

14Paring the Apple

15The Picture of J.T. in a Prospect of Stone

16John Mayhew, or The Allotment

17At Stoke

18Etruria Vale

19The Marl Pits

20News

21Epidauros

22Against Travel

23Las Trampas, U.S.A.

24Jemez

25A Death in the Desert

26Arroyo Hondo

27Mr. Brodsky

28Assassin

29On the Late Plane

30A Sense of Distance

31During Rain

32Drawing down the Moon

33The Door

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