Poetry. HOMAGE TO MISTRESS OPPENHEIMER is a collection that hangs in the balance—between the apocalyptic and the everyday, fate and choice, love and death. Like nuclear fission itself, these poems transmute themselves, taking on the forms of twisted sestinas and transformational terza rima to take on the constant movement of their subject matter: the business of being a person with an awareness of both science and God. From abstract associations that shift from the universal to the specific, Kronen pares his poems down to still, sparse considerations of enduring love, fatherhood, free will and, finally, our uniquely human awareness of oblivion. At once poignant, funny, and distortedly original, this collection is unmissable.
"From its nonce villanelles to its Miami stornelli, HOMAGE TO MISTRESS OPPENHEIMER is a masterful display of linguistic dexterity and formal invention. This is writing that engages both the heart and the intellect even as it performs high-order poetic hijinks of the sort Richard Wilbur and Paul Muldoon would admire. A terrific book from a poet of depth and originality."—Campbell McGrath
Steve Kronen's previous collections are Splendor (BOA) and Empirical Evidence (University of Georgia Press). His work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The American Scholar, AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Little Star, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Yale Review, the New Statesman, The Paris Review, Poetry Daily, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA program, he has received an NEA, three Florida Individual Artist fellowships, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the James Boatwright Poetry Prize from Shenandoah, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, and the Sewanee Writers' Conferences. He is a librarian in Miami where he lives with his wife, novelist Ivonne Lamazares.Author City: MIAMI, FL USA