Who Gets Kissed

Is a new organic, open-pollinated sweet corn variety.
Also a game played at husking bees—shuck and shuck
the green papyrus off the pale yellow facets, search out
the red kernels to earn a kiss. The rules do not say
how many players, they do not say if the winner chooses
a partner or must endure the kisses of all participants.

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Tricia Asklar’s poems have appeared in The Bakery, Big River Poetry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Cold Mountain Review, Juked, Neon, Poet Lore, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse Daily and Weave. Recently, her work was selected for the anthologies ARTLines2: Art Becomes Poetry and My Cruel Invention. Asklar’s full-length manuscript was a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Press Poetry Award. She lives with her wife and three kids near Boston and teaches writing at Stonehill College.

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