Abra Cadaver

Poem by Steve Kronen

What magic!


so dense

no light escapes

its fabric.

Up each sleeve?

Mouth of Adam,

mouth of Eve,


by the fence

around their yard.


Pick an apple,

pick any goddamn



STEVE KRONEN is a poet whose work has appeared in The New Republic, The American Scholar, Poetry, Agni, APR, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review and elsewhere. He has been a fellow at Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, received an NEA, two Florida Arts Council grants and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His first book, Empirical Evidence (University of Georgia Press, 1992), won the Contemporary Poetry Series Prize.


American Arts Quarterly, Summer 2014, Volume 31, Number 3