Adele Kenny is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing at All and What Matters which received the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in such journals as Lips, Paterson Literary Review, Adanna, Ithaca Lit, and Ragazine.
AK: I wanted the poems in Lightness to be densely compressed with a kind of force or pressure on content and sound, almost as if the words push against the justified margins and reverberate inside those margins when they’re read. In public readings, I pause for punctuation and between stanzas. I also pause when content, idea, or meaning take a breath.
AK: In this particular poem, as in some of the others, the dream was real and very much a part of the story. To know that a former neighbor killed herself, her son, and her dog was tremendously disturbing, incomprehensible in many ways. The dream element allowed me to use visual imagery from the subconscious with no intention of logical comprehension. The fusion of story and dream stands on what André Breton called “the actual functioning of thought.” Bringing story and dream together produced a measure of emotional/spiritual closure for me. I think of this as a “therapy poem.”