• 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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