Five Miami Stornelli

Steve Kronen

Winter 2018

Salt and Sugar

Past the mangroves,
a bag between them, the man and woman go
behind a house and come round lugging mangoes.


Bush of gardenias—
ghosts of flashbulbs the day I turned a teen. Is
that them still, floating through the years between us?

Parents’ Wedding Photo

Centerpiece of wisterias—
years until I’d figure how mysterious
their being a Mrs. and a Mr. is.

It’s Not the Heat

The fluted hibiscus,
pink, opened. I think of her again because,
drunk on summer once, she deigned that I buzz close.

Steve Kronen’s books are Splendor (BOA), and Empirical Evidence (University of Georgia). The poems in this issue are from a new collection, Homage to Mistress Oppenheimer, out in March from Eyewear Publishing.

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