From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Reykjavik; from the panchayat forests of India to the Giant's Causeway on the coast of Northern Ireland; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports around the globe-people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The devastating kiss. The kiss we can't take back. The kiss we can never give. The kiss that changes a life. In this anthology, writers and thinkers share their thoughts on a specific kiss-the unexpected and unforgettable-in an attempt to bridge the gulf, to connect us to one another on a deeply human level, and to explore the messy and complicated intimacies that exist in our actual lives, as well as in the complicated landscape of the imagination.Sparked and developed from a series curated for Guernica by editor Brian Turner, this is a book meant to be read from cover to cover, just as much as it's meant to be dipped into-with each kiss pulling us closer to the moments in our lives that matter most."A kiss, you see, can carry not just a heart in it, but a soul." -from Pico Iyer, "The Kiss at Dawn""There are countries in that kiss, years of experience, ghosts of past lovers and the tricks they taught you." -from Siobhan Fallon, "The Ride"