Ordinary Chaos

Ordinary Chaos

by Kimberly Kruge

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Ordinary Chaos looks at the real, almost-real, unreal, and once-real phenomena that hide behind the veneer of ordinariness. With Kimberly Kruge’s deep focus, daily life unfurls into strangeness—time and space become malleable materials as her observations of seemingly normal objects and situations expand, take on meaning beyond their appearance, and begin a life of their own. As much as the poems address the quotidian, they also consider the mysteries of mortality, awe, mysticism, comprehension, and violence. The pages are laced with an honest sense of sensitivity, fragility, and even impending condemnation—resulting in poems that are resilient but not invulnerable. Kruge, who now makes her home in Guadalajara, Mexico, also explores the immigration process and navigating an adopted country. These experiences all contribute to her transcendent exploration of physical, emotional, and psychological geography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887486470
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2019
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Kruge is a poet and translator based in Mexico. She is the author of the chapbook High-Land Sub-Tropic and her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, the Missouri Review, RHINO, Copper Nickel, and others. She founded and coordinates Comala Haven, a retreat and workshop in Mexico for women writers.

Table of Contents

1 Chasm

Radio María 11

If, Then 12

Panther in the Primavera 13

River of Waste/River of Stones 14

Bread Man 15

Se Busca 16

Celebration 18

After a Party 20

Esotericism on Reforma 22

El 24 23

Patria 24

Marriage 26

Pilgrimage 29

II Exoskeleton

A Phenomenalist's Guide to the Block 33

Canto for Two Women Who Commissioned a Love Poem 35

Loosed Sestina 37

Enumeration at the Immigration Office 38

The Morning Newspaper 39

After the Election 40

La Bestia 42

Alexis in Texas 43

Enumeration on the 16 Blocks from There to Here 44

Wild December 45

Out-of-Body Experience While Driving an Unknown Part of the City at Night 46

Holdup at the 7-Eleven 47

Potable Water Anecdote 48

The Wall 49

III Negative Space

Direct Address 53

Current 54

Walk 55

María 56

Live from the U.S. 57

The Sway 58

Mirror 59

Love Poem for the Purported End of the World 60

Ash Wednesday 61

Dissonance 63

True 64

Apology 66

Articulation 68

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