Poem introduction

The fourth sequence in Dante's Heaven is called 'Love is a Babe', a sequence of poems around Beatrice's voice.

Someone kissed me

Someone kissed me ―
Is it blood or lipstick
on my cheek?

Was it a thought
brushed past me
or a moth's wing

but there, those scarlet stains
on my skin, my white dress.
I walk the Lungarno

near the Ponte Sante Trinità.
He's evaporated
into the crowd

How shall I ever know him again
beyond this touch
and he so pure?


from Dante's Heaven (Puriri Press, 2006), copyright © Jan Kemp 2006, used by permission of the author

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42On news of a poet's death: I II IV

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43Someone kissed me

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44E la selva oscura, non c'e?

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45He reads his poem aloud

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46Being Beatrice

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47Beatus

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