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Cynthia Hogue is the author of seven poetry collections: Or Consequence (Red Hen Press, 2010), The Incognito Body (Red Hen Press, 2006), Flux (New Issues Press 2002), The Never Wife (Mammoth Press, 1999), The Woman in Red (Ahsahta Press, 1989), Where the Parallels Cross (Whiteknights Press, 1984), and Touchwood (Porchwood Press, 1979). Her eighth collection of poetry, Revenance, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2014.

Hogue is the recipient of the 2013 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for her co-translation of Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy’s Fortino Sámano (The Overflowing of the Poem) (Omnidawn, 2012).

Her other publications include four books of criticism and When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, with photographer Rebecca Ross (University of New Orleans Press, 2010).

She is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry and director of the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.




Revenance (Red Hen Press, 2014)
Or Consequence (Red Hen Press, 2010)
The Incognito Body (Red Hen Press, 2006)
Flux (New Issues Press 2002)
The Never Wife (Mammoth Press, 1999)
The Woman in Red (Ahsahta Press, 1989)
Where the Parallels Cross (Whiteknights Press, 1984)
Touchwood (Porchwood Press, 1979)


Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy, Fortino Sámano (The Overflowing of the Poem), with Sylvain Gallais, (Omnidawn, 2012)

in the meadow magenta

Cynthia Hogue
(reading Robert Duncan in Haldon Forest)

bloom looks
like lupine from afar
but up close the small bell-
like flowers of wild hollyhock

        the holy that forth
        came that must

come mystery
of frond fern
gorse a magic
to which I

        relate to
        land of hillock and

bolder the grayer
sky and wood
the straight flat One
between them barred

        by the bushy Scots pine
        medicinal veridian of ever-

green which though
gossip rumor spell
or chance change us
is not changed

Copyright © 2013 by Cynthia Hogue. Used with permission of the author.

Cynthia Hogue

Cynthia Hogue

Cynthia Hogue is the author of seven poetry collections

by this poet


after an Icelandic folktale in which an elf child
is exchanged for a human one

Loftur. His name means air,
and my cries
wend up to him, 
on the currents 
of afterbirth, the veil

of second sight
still wrapped around his head. 
You mean wind. 
Husband, I