Without a Kiss


By Phoebe Nilsen

Publisher : Finishing Line Press

Without a Kiss

ABOUT Phoebe Nilsen

Phoebe Nilsen



POETRY CHAPBOOK.  Very loosely, the poems tell the story of two teenagers who travel together in Italy for a week. They discover decades later that they loved each other then but were not able to express it, and it is too late to do so. It's the story of the longed for kiss that was never to be shared, and how those simple memories haunt the speaker all her life.


It's the story of young, innocent love and the longed for kiss that was never to be shared.

“It’s very unusual and refreshing, I think, in our sexually obsessed time, to write so well about the lingering emotions from an affair which never even progressed so far as a kiss. Beautifully written, elegant and evocative poems.”
–Tim Vicary,  educator and novelist.

“These poems explore the luscious geography of innocence and memory, of longing and loss—of what might have been, if only.  We travel these rich landscapes–our own younger hearts reawakened, breathless again.”

–Carol Henderson, author, editor and teacher.