Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths was the winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Book Award in Poetry. 
Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths gives us Judy Kronenfeld at the height of her powers. In this generous collection of poems of memory and aging—her finest work yet—Kronenfeld writes with that sensuous cherishing of the world savored only by those who sense how easy it is to lose. Because of her delight, the poems, even when they don’t mention light at all, are filled with clear air, clarity of thought, and the complementary radiances of remembrance and imagination.”
—Molly Peacock
“Judy Kronenfeld’s poems celebrate the world. Her eye for detail, exact and first-hand, coupled with her daring and intelligent arrangement of events, accomplish what poems at their best should—they cherish and preserve our lives so that we might find meaning in them alone—if we have to—as they shine in memory. By preserving her mid-century childhood—and further back and even more poignantly, the lives of her parents—Kronenfeld gives us poetry that makes sense of our little time and place on earth. These poems, steeped in the past, recapture the light of those lives and give us all some reprieve from loss as they master wonderfully that ordinary happiness.”
—Christopher Buckley
“In her aptly titled new volume, Judy Kronenfeld lavishes upon the reader her profound and illuminating meditations, songs, laments, and odes exploring mortality and the vicissitudes of aging. Her ghost words reenact her childhood memories and adult visions which arise with haunting clarity and verisimilitude. With consummate skill, capacious feeling, and keen-eyed intelligence, Kronenfeld apprehends and renders the terrible world as being awash both in darkness and possibility, while offering the reader astonishing moments of self-knowledge, awe, gratitude, and reverence. In this lyrical and memorable collection, the poet also pays homage to the resilience of the family, and she honors the solemn or unexpected rituals that sustain its members. In so doing, Kronenfeld delves deeply into the greatest mysteries of the heart and spirit—wherein loss and longing, suffering and transcendence, co-exist—and delivers, through the doubled lenses of wisdom and tenderness, a world shimmering beyond death’s doors.”
—Maurya Simon
 
Reviews
“Kronenfeld is a poet who counts her blessings as well as her sorrows, not forgetting to feel lucky to have been here, recording the particulars of her own life, full of wonder and awe at the transformations loss and change require of us, and glad to be able to feel and experience so richly.”

“She leads us through grief toward exaltation, a lifting of the spirit that’s Whitmanesque in its passionate inclusiveness.”
—Cecilia Woloch
Calyx
“Many of the poems...deal explicitly with growing up and living in a Jewish community...but also with the importance of memory in this particular culture and religion. Indeed poems like ‘Tonight, the Dead,’ and ‘Names of My Mother’s Friends’ are the literary equivalent of placing stones upon grave markers....”

Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths is a strong collection not only because Kronenfeld can surprise and awe with an unusual turn of language or a stark metaphor, but also because she speaks of aging and dying—which many view as unpleasant and too terrifying to consider—honestly and straightforwardly. Older readers will likely find much comfort and sympathy in her words, and even we foolhardy young Emperors and Empresses of Ice Cream cannot help but be impressed by Kronenfeld’s technique and fearlessness.”
—JoSelle Vanderhooft
“What one may notice first about Kronenfeld’s poems is their sensitivity to sound. Throughout this collection...she makes effective use of assonance, as well as repetition, punctuation, and spacing to enhance rhythm.”

“...Kronenfeld’s [book] rides on sound waves of images, dreams, and memory.... ”

“Kronenfeld’s poems reveal the unexpected shifts and surprises one experiences in a lifetime: the turning of a corner, the surprise of something waiting in the next moment. Throughout these quietly reflective poems, change unsettles the reader as it does the speaker.... Through the craft of her poems, Kronenfeld brings the reader to turning points–only to wait. It’s a view from the edge of one’s seat. ”
—Kristin Rae Anderson
Alehouse Review  
“You don’t have to be Jewish, or middle-aged, or a woman, or a first generation American, or from the Bronx to be blown away by the power and insight of Judy Kronenfeld’s poetry. But if you are any or all of the former, you will be astounded by her ability to probe your very essence in this outstanding collection....”
—Ricky Rapoport Friesem
Poetica Magazine