November 12, 2014KR OnlinePoetry

The Last Film in the World

The black panorama
Of poverty,

Its warm lies and death.

Its liquor stores and detritus.

The fevering ghost
Of compulsion:

Whiskey, death, or the book.

I cannot stop—

The music is a feral silver milk.

It is my filthy home.

I walk to the torn gates
And enter—

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Cynthia Cruz is the author of eight collections of poems: Back to the Woods (Four Way Books, 2023); Hotel Oblivion (Four Way Books, 2022), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Guidebooks for the Dead (Four Way Books, 2020); Dregs (Four Way Books, 2018); 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). She is also the author of the novel Steady Diet of Nothing (Four Way Books, 2023), of Disquieting: Essays on Silence, a collection of critical essays examining the concept of silence as a form of resistance (Book*hug, 2019), and of The Melancholia of Class, an exploration of melancholia and the working class (Repeater Books, 2021). Cruz is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and of a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the European Graduate School, where her research focuses on Hegel and madness.