Sometimes There’s Nothing Else To Do


Novelist Orhan Pamuk asks in The Guardian “why do beautiful scenes inspire us to kiss?”

Millions of people who live outside the west – and especially those who, like me, live in Muslim countries – never get to see two lovers kissing on the lips in everyday life (of course, you do not necessarily have to be lovers to kiss on the lips)

I hadn’t considered before how western an act a public kiss can be. It’s been ubiquitous for me for as long as I can remember, both in real life and in television and movies.

Brian Spears's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is Senior Poetry Editor at The Rumpus. More from this author →