Empirical Evidence: Poems by Steve Kronen

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As is common in debut poetry collections, Kronen borrows the voices of recognizable figures: Tolstoy, Lot's wife, Edward Hopper, Aleister Crowley. As the book progresses, the poet intersperses these traditionally inspired poems with lyrical portraits of those closer to the speaker's heart: wife, child, grandfather. Many poems have a strong but unobtrusive Christian sense, as when an infant wakes crying ``and you turned / from your place next to me to feed her / if necessary, but mostly to let / her know that you were beside her and God / was in his heaven.'' Kronen writes about the everyday events that most people overlook and he depicts fear or anger through surprisingly quiet imagery such as snow and stars--ironically, the snow might be in Miami and the stars in a planetarium. His finest poems address even explicit sexuality with uncommon delicacy and gentleness: ``Behind each ear my fingers / Listened to your pulse, and your cunt / Swelled gathering glory to itself, a basket of flowers / In disarray.'' In the final analysis, this uneven volume introduces a promising and sensitive poet not yet able to sustain a distinctive tone. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820314761
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Series: Contemporary Poetry Ser.
  • Pages: 80

Table of Contents

After Viewing Twelve Versions of Madonna and Child 3
Natural History 5
The Lepers Who Tend the Hothouse Flowers 7
Think of the Blackouts 9
Married Woman 11
Lot's Wife 12
For L, Born August 6, 1945 13
Tolstoy on the Train to Astapovo 19
The Day Edward Hopper Left Home 20
The Reverend Falwell Describes the Bakkers' Swimming Pool 21
Aleister Crowley Meets with the American Theosophists, Philadelphia, 1908 22
Passenger Pigeons 24
The Road-Gang Is Served Supper at a Country Inn 25
An Incident at Andersonville - from the Recollections of Private Charles Hopkins 26
Periodic 31
A Short History of Christianity 32
A Scientist Aboard the Titanic Says Good-Bye to His Wife in His Head 33
Weldon Kees Drives to the Golden Gate 34
The Awful Balance 37
That Your Hands Are Graceful and Kind 39
Mayflies 40
The Fishermen Pull Their Boats In 45
The Grown Children of Dead Parents 46
Snow in Miami, 1977 47
Childhood Bathtub 48
Owl and Mouse in a Cage 49
Lament 51
Near and Far 52
Your Voice 54
The Idiot Savants 57
Chemistry 60
Asleep Together 61
In the Kitchen 63
The Island of Glassblowers 64
This Afternoon 66
My Grandfather Recalls His Wrong Answer 67
Moving Away 68
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