Air Kissing on Mars

Kim Dower’s poems are sensual and rhapsodic journeys through emotional landscapes sweeping everyday life. Playful, intelligent, funny, edgy, engaging—sometimes biting, ironic and dark, sometimes dreamy and surreal, full of poignancy and arresting metaphors, the daily, simple occurrences in Air Kissing On Mars startle and provoke, while stirring up the fairy dust and turbulent weight of memory; evoking the possibilities and gorgeous chaos of life.

Open and inviting, these poems draw the reader into a world seen upside down, inside out, a sideways bird reporting on a universe filled with mystery and passion. Joan Didion meets Tinkerbell, Kim Dower’s poems are as whimsical and light as they are rich and intense. Simultaneously humorous and profound these passionate and personal poems, relatable to all, are drenched with vivid imagery, and sparkle with surprise.

Lost languages, disappearing mailboxes, locomotives pummeling through dreams, taxi drivers thrown by the earth’s rotation, shadows in closets, vanishing carrots, men who exfoliate—all manner of haunting evocations come together in this opus of shining and startling wisdom.

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Publication Date: October 1, 2010

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-166-4

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Los Angeles Times Review for Kim Dower’s Air Kissing on Mars

"Sensual and evocative, these poems traverse the chaos of everyday life with a light touch that can turn ironic and edgy without you even noticing it. Some are lyrical snapshots of life's bittersweet moments, while others seamlessly combine humor and heartache." — Los Angeles Times

Oregonian Review for Kim Dower’s Air Kissing on Mars

"Air Kissing on Mars," is a collection that showcases Dower's funny, accessible, sneaky-profound poetry. She's more Billy Collins than John Ashbery and has some of the same sharp Southern California perspective as Joan Didion, driving down the freeway in "The White Album." — Oregonian