Good poems are among the toughest things to write, I think. And great poems, well, they’re beyond me. But I love to write⎯and read⎯poetry nonetheless. I think it’s the intensity found in poetry, such profound thoughts in relatively few words, that makes it something I choose not to live without.
Here are few of my published poems, and some blurbs for “Survival of the Fittest,” my first chapbook. If you’d like a copy, hit the contact button above and drop me an email. I have few freebies left.
“Hilarious, poignant, exquisitely sharp, Kissing’s poems are as bright as flashlights, as scorching as campfires. In poem after poem, he embraces the thorny contradictions of postmodern life with a fierce and generous spirit.” – Denise Duhamel, author of Ka-Ching!, Two and Two, Queen for a Day: New and Selected Poems, The Star-Spangled Banner
“Steve Kissing has deftly transferred the tenderness, quirkiness and exasperations of outdoor experiences into an enjoyable group of narratives and short poems; words that are well worth taking on a short hike.” - Steve Meador, author of Pack Your Bags, A Good Sharp Knife and Throwing Percy from the Cherry Tree
“Kissing evokes a childlike bewilderment and respect for nature with honest, reflective poems that could inspire even the most adamant city dweller to temporarily abandon ‘the place where everyone compromises’.” - Katie Kowalski, Tipton Poetry Review