• Party Line, 1962

    Steve Kronen

    Winter 2018

    Voices from a cloud,
    a few gods,
    two or three, insistent!
    —some wrong visited on them, a crowd

    of squabblers coming through the mist.
    The kitchen’s
    nearly dark. The cord’s
    curlicued like a pig’s tail. You bend your head and listen

    to their reports,
    to their snorts
    and justifications and you can make out—
    like birds following each other in the sky—some words

    of Walter Cronkite in the living room. It’s about
    dinnertime. The sun’s lit the western clouds.
    The birds, outlined with glory,
    are making their way south.

    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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