Bio Note: Like most of us fortunate enough to be able to, I've been sheltering at home through this long pandemic, happy, in a way, for the opportunity to focus steadily on writing, but more than a little stir-crazy. My fifth book of poems, Groaning and Singing, will be published by FutureCycle in early 2022. I have a poetry chapbook and a memoir in essays circulating, but am too superstitious to name them here. My poems have recently appeared in Offcourse and Muddy River Poetry Review, among other journals.
Music for One
(Andante, Piano Concerto #21 in C, Mozart) enters 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 overflowing from one hollow into another pouring from river mouths in glassy cascades sheeting down sheer drops.
Originally published in Innisfree Poetry Journal 13 (Fall, 2011)
A long walk to campus on a scorched, quiet Sunday for a book I don’t clearly need. Not a soul on the street. A collarless stray retraces his steps for me, skids off again, slantwise for a pungent plant, neck stretched for a low-flying bird. Near the library lawn, a few people benched under trees—anchored as boats—neither sowing nor reaping. And suddenly my bones recall dedicated freedom: being eight or nine and urged outside for hours after school to guiltlessly loop and glide on my skates... Easy right now to sit on a bench—small talk nibbling my line like a fish I'll throw back, the carillon's quarter-hours splashing my ears— then, half-asleep, to watch the shadows lengthen on the green, the pages of the book open on my lap riffled by the hot wind.
Originally published in Southern Florida Poetry Journal 11 (November, 2018)
©2021 Judy Kronenfeld
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