The imagery in One Kiss ranges from the earthly to the ethereal. Highly specific, often bodily details characterize the poems' descriptions of the passionate pleasures and uncertainties of love. In "Crazy for Your Love," for example, the speaker asks his beloved, "Do you want to smell my skin / The scent from the heat of my body when I am caressing you[?]" (9-10). And "I Adore You" describes an imagined second date, complete with "[p]alms sweaty, legs like rubber" (20), as the speaker accompanies his beloved to her door. But while many of the poems are firmly grounded in the world of physical experience, some take more imaginative flights as well. For example, "Sea of Dreams," rich with metaphor in its account of the speaker's sea-change from a human into a merman, instantiates a dreamier, more fanciful tendency: "Goddess of the ocean / My human heart is strong / I will follow your love song" (13-15).Likewise, the speaker in "Summer by the Sea" tells his beloved, "Your mystery is beautiful and innocent / Like a butterfly; delicate as it pollinates the flowers of this world" (4-5).In his poems about love, Bonner uses imagery powerfully to convey the possibilities of disappointment and pleasure, risk and fulfillment.
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Table of Contents
1-Our Dance; 2-Precious One; 3-Follow Me To The Rainbow; 4-Reunion; 5-The Rose; 6-Crazy For Your Love; 7-I Hear You Calling; 8-Time; 9-Shattered; 10-Kiss Of Eve; 11-Summer By The Sea; 12-Treasure; 13-Midnight Girl; 14-Thunder In The Woods; 15-Just One Kiss; 16-My Heart; 17-Out In The Dark; 18-Star; 19-Whispers Of The Night; 20-Sea Of Dreams; 21-Dark Pearl Eyes; 22-Dreams; 23-The Clock Is Ticking; 24-We Are Under Glass; 25-Real Or Fantasy; 26-Autumn; 27-I Adore You; 28-Take Me To Your Garden; 29-Don't Pretend; 30-Let Me Give You My Life; 31-A Broken Dream; 32-Red Wine; 33-We Belong; 34-Gateway; 35-Love Letter; 36-A City Boy; 36-Confide My Love; 37-Never Be The Same; 38-Pursue; 39-Cedar Lane; 40-Secret Behind The Lines; 41-Waiting For Her Call; 42-Days I Feel Alone; 43-Do You Remember Me; 44-Songs Are Left Behind; 45-I Shall Not Hide; 46-Pretty Baby; 47-Destination; 48-Gateway; 49-The Girl Next Door; 50-Passer Domesticus; 51-The Son Of Venus And Mars; 52-The Café; 53-Listen; 54-Lonely Is The Night; 55-One Last Cast; 56-We Had It All; 57-Lipstick On MY Collar; 58-Beauty And Light; 59-A Mother's Nature; 60-Take My Hand; 61-Paradise; 62-Forever; 63-Love Letter II; 64-Years Of Silence; 65-Dream Catcher; 66-Panther Creek; 67-Passion; 68-Dancing Tears; 69-Whispers That Seek; 70-A Drifting Feather; 71-Broken; 72-Respect; 73-Turkey Talk