Krantz submitted to the first issue of The Magnolia Review. His poems are magnetic and show poetic mastery. His language builds strong and lasting images. His chosen language sounds a melodious music to read aloud, a rhythm that you have to play to completion.
In “Pearl,” the speaker begins with, “I remember the wheat fields / of Iowa and the photograph / of you I took with me, / and how neither ever really ended.” The speaker continues, “We ate and loved / much in that decade, / collided with stars, / authored myths / and stuffed our age-spotted hands / into denim pockets.” The image and sound carries through the lines, building to the final image of “The half shells we find on beaches / were once a thing joined together, / breathing, and grinding / new pearls into place.” The poem builds like a pearl, with the images stringing together into a cohesive piece.
Laundry can be boring. The speaker reflects on his fellow laundry-doers in “Load,” where “The bachelors in the laundromat / spill their words / like bleach / on black clothes, / speak of condos / and alimonies— / thick humidities turning.” The clothes transform into more, they are “damp thoughts” as they wash, and they “…breathe[s] / restless poems / into my blues and grays. / Soon this summer rain / will end, volume of water / striking pavement / will knob itself silent.” Krantz ends the poem with a moment that draws the reader back to the reality of the laundromat, “The cash machine, / against the flecked wall, / reminds me to change.”
The collection ends with “Pathfinder,” about a hatchet and its story. It shares the story of two boys cutting down a tree and of a sibling wrestling game gone awry.
Overall, Krantz’s poems are musical and full of images that inspire looking at mundane events in a new and interesting way. I look forward to reading more of Krantz’s work.
Sarah A. Etlinger is an English professor who lives in Milwaukee, WI, with her family. Her work can be found on “The Poetry Professors” podcast, Episode 107. Other interests include travel, cooking, and music.
Jack D. Harvey’s poetry has appeared in Scrivener, The Comstock Review, The Magnolia Review, The Antioch Review, The Piedmont Poetry Journal and a number of other online and in print poetry magazines over the years. The author has been a Pushcart nominee and over the years has been published in a few anthologies.
Cape Horn, Volume 3, Issue 2
Book Release, Mark the Dwarf
Kicking Against the Goads, Loneliness, Birth Month, and Six Mile Pond, Volume 4, Issue 2
Review, Volume 5, Issue 1
Angelic Hearts, Clown, Little Liza, Enter the Apocalypse, and Ravishment of the Holy Wisdom, Volume 5, Issue 1
Ode to Olivia, Non Doulet, Cassandra, Riding on the Bus, and Sunny Day, Volume 6, Issue 1
David Anthony Sam, the proud grandson of peasant immigrants from Poland and Syria, lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda. Sam’s poetry has appeared in over 90 publications and his poem, “First and Last,” won the 2018 Rebecca Lard Award. Sam’s five collections include Final Inventory (Prolific Press 2018) and Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson, the 2016 Grand Prize winner GFT Press Chapbook Contest. He teaches creative writing at Germanna Community College and serves on the Board of the Virginia Poetry Society.
The Exile Knows This Ghost, Volume 2, Issue 1
End of Romance, Prometheus, and Green Wings, Volume 4, Issue 1
Superhero at Work, Kind of a Stupid Game, Isn’t It?, and Chain-Smoked Monkeys, Volume 4, Issue 2
Book Release, Final Inventory
Charitable Erasures, Love Loss, Lost and Found, On Finding an Abandoned Firepit, A Pipe of Ghosted Smoke, and alt-right killer, Volume 5, Issue 1
Unfinished, Saturnine Hypotyposis, Inquiry into Matter, The Formation of Standing Waves, The Sea is Everything, and Resurrection, Volume 5, Issue 2
One the Edge of 1969, Beneath the Six-Sided Farmhouse, April 22, 1994–For Linda, The Context of February, October 25, 2001, at 6:45 p.m., and Today (September 11, 2001), Volume 6, Issue 1