Judy Kronenfeld

The little towns


contained enough to hold

in the eye

of one hand


towns overseen

by an abbey's rose window

filled with sky,

or the drowsing

ruins of a chateau


deeply stone

stone steeped

in the quiet

of centuries falling

and melting

like snow . . .


towns sealed

behind grey shutters

into the dilating afternoon


but for one spruce

stroller in black, who

stops, and our foreign car

speeding through

Music for One

(Andante, Piano Concerto #21 in C, Mozart)



the room


in chords

as deep as eyes


the piano, coruscating

like fountain jets,

answers from inside

my chest which lifts


and lifts

and falls

and falls and lifts


my breaths are oars

sluiced in liquid pearl


Now, again,

the whole orchestra—


full wordlessness



from one hollow

into another


pouring from river

mouths in glassy



sheeting down sheer


Judy Kronenfeld is the author of four poetry collections including Ghost Nurseries, a Finishing Line chapbook (2005) and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize (2008). Her poems, as well as the occasional short story and personal essay have appeared in many print and online journals including Adanna, Calyx, Cimarron Review, American Poetry Journal, Fox Chase Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Natural Bridge, Hiram Poetry Review, Passager, Poetry International, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stirring, Women’s Review of Books and Pedestal, as well as in a dozen and a half anthologies or text books, including Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (Greenhouse Review Press/Alcatraz Editions, 2008), Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009), and Love over 60: An Anthology of Women's Poems (Mayapple Press, 2010). She is Lecturer Emerita—after twenty-five years of teaching in the Creative Writing Department at UC Riverside. Her new poetry collection, Shimmer, will be published by WordTech Editions in 2012.




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