Judy Kronenfeld

Early Astronomy


My granddaughter tells me with the charm

and certainty of her five years that Jupiter

"is the ice cream planet. If you stepped on

it, you would sink," she recites, passing on


the disarming metaphor of her "other"

grandma. Her eyes go dreamy when she

envisions Saturn's rings. (My turn: "snow-cone" texture!) 

"Whoa!" she says when we read that Betelgeuse


could hold a billion of our suns. Undwarfed

by spaces where no human race is,

silences where matter barely whispers,

giggling at the name and unafraid, she's on a ride


like the Flying Unicorn, and just thrilled

with these new proofs the world was made for delight.

Judy Kronenfeld is the author of three books and two chapbooks of poetry. Her third book of poetry, Shimmer, was published by WordTech Editions in January, 2012.  Her most recent prior full collection is Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize, now available in a second edition from Antrim House (2012); her most recent chapbook is Ghost Nurseries (Finishing Line, 2005). Her poems, as well as the occasional short story, personal essay and review have appeared in many print and online journals (Calyx, Cimarron Review, The American Poetry Journal, Natural Bridge, Hiram Poetry Review, Poetry International,   Spoon River Poetry Review, Women’s Review of Books, Pedestal)  as well as in over a dozen anthologies  including Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009), Love over 60: An Anthology of Women's Poems (Mayapple Press, 2010), and Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse Press, 2012). She is Lecturer Emerita, Dept. of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside.



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