Mother’s crimson leather bags
Crammed with saint cards
And tiny glass bottles of liquor.
The bright stitch
Of God’s final coming.
Dirt and dregs, silt and stars.
The sweet song
Rinsing through me
Like the memory
Of a dream.
Cynthia Cruz was born on a US Air Force Base in Germany and grew up in Northern California. She received a BA from Mills College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Cruz is the author of How the End Begins (Four Way Books, 2016), Wunderkammer (Four Way Books, 2014), The Glimmering Room (Four Way Books, 2012), and Ruin (Alice James Books, 2006).
Brenda Shaughnessy writes, “Cruz exposes that glorious hell that is having a history, having a body, remembering everything and trying to make something good of it.”
The recipient of a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in German at Rutgers University. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
How the End Begins (Four Way Books, 2016)
Wunderkammer (Four Way Books, 2014)
The Glimmering Room (Four Way Books, 2012)
Ruin (Alice James Books, 2006)