Having Been An Accomplice
Winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry
In this arresting debut, love poems and interior monologues are reinvented in a time of war. Within them, Laura Cronk writes, “I want to blow up the Law with Language, having run my tongue around my mouth ten thousand times. Instead of not speaking, I want to speak.”
“Laura Cronk explores the vicissitudes and pleasures of the relational and often domestic beloved and then proceeds to invent a fascinating persona in the figure of the child-like Citizen Queen, a disarmed goddess sitting in her apartment, questioning her power and efficacy.”
“Dreamy yet certain, lovelorn and love-buoyed, the sadness in the poems has joy-rounded edges, the delight scooped out of melancholy and offered, shining.”
Laura Cronk has curated the Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB Bar in the East Village for many years. She is Associate Director of the Writing Program at The New School where she coordinates the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy. Originally from New Castle, Indiana, she lives with her family in Jersey City.
Paperback / $15.00 (Can. $16.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-413-3 / 68 pages / Poetry