It’s All About Timing

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The narrative of  Kiss Me Goodbye is based on this poem,
Timing, by Jonathan Steffen. 


She brushed his elbow,
Coloured slightly,
Breathed his name:
‘Too late,’ he said.

She wrote him letters,
Loved him madly,
Blessed his name:
‘Too late,’ he said.

He kept her letters,
Weakened slightly,
Sighed her name:
‘Too late,’ he said.

He caught her elbow,
Coloured madly,
Screamed her name:
‘Too late,’ she said.


First published by Outposts Poetry Quarterly in 1992, Timing has been used as the inspiration for the concept concert Kiss Me Goobye, whose world premiere will take place at The Theatre Royal, Windsor, on 30 September 2011, within the framework of this year’s Windsor Festival.


 A published author while still at university, Jonathan Steffen was born in London, he read English at Cambridge, where he won the King’s College James Prize and the Cambridge University T.R. Henn Prize, both for creative writing. On graduating, he received a Harper-Wood Travelling Studentship for English Poetry and Literature, awarded by St. John’s College, Cambridge. In 1987 he was the beneficiary of a Hawthornden Fellowship for Creative Writing. Jonathan has widely published poems, short stories, essays and literary translations.


The poem image is by Marek Sikora, of Plenty To Declare

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