Poetry: Raving and Burning, Diversion, & The Older Generation

Kronenfeld

Read More: A Short Interview with Judy Kronenfeld 

 

Diversion

Memory wants to be a hooked plumb-line
into deep, clean water, catching
at once the silvery
darting thing. But, even before
the sinker sinks, the line of thought
gets entangled in some spiny-leaved weeds
near the surface.

Or,
even if I hook
that deep-sea thought, and cradle
in my basket one rare
iridescent flopping fish, I lose it

to the water when my mind
dazzles—at the sun
striking fire there.

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The Older Generation

At first, amidst the blur of tentative
green about to swarm,
these trees seem hung with flags
of creamy bloom. Close up,
it’s clear those flags
are ash leaves—hung on through
the winter—trembling in the wind
and hanging on,

some curled tightly inwards—
empty dry cocoons, coquilles,
crustacean shells I think I hear
faintly clicking— […]


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Raving and Burning

In Memory of V.K., 1952-2000

In he comes like a whirlwind ripper
of your still blank pages. He erases the equations
from the blackboard of your life,
steamrolls the wax
of your slate blank, re-sets all the clocks
to the second of his arrival
where they’ll stay. You rage against being plucked […]


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Judy Kronenfeld’s most recent books of poetry are Shimmer (WordTech Editions, 2012) and the second edition of Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, (Antrim House, 2012), winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize; her most recent chapbook is Ghost Nurseries (Finishing Line, 2005). Her poems have appeared in many print and online journals (such as Avatar, Calyx, Cimarron Review, Natural Bridge, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Sequestrum,  and The Pedestal), and  in eighteen anthologies including Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State, 2009), Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse, 2012), and Weatherings (Future Cycle Press, 2015).  Her poems are forthcoming in Miramar, Cider Press Review, and Valparaiso Review, and in the anthologies Far Out: Poems of the 60s (Wings Press), and Bared (Femmes Folles Press).  Judy is Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Department, UC Riverside, and an Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon.