Spring 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 2 Poetry |

New York State (3)

Beautiful and sad Sarah, girl Ruler of the underworld. Strange Saint of the otherworldly low Weight. In mint panties and dreamed Halo, waiting in the Arctic Hallway for morning weigh-in With the rest of us. None of us fit For marriage, or for Anything else, For that matter. All of us dead Or else hid in some mother's suburb, Somewhere. Expert only at Long-distance running. Wearing the war paint of Women stunted In preadolescence: skater-boy haircuts And glitter blue nail polish, holding Care Bears and My Little Ponies, wearing paper crowns.

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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.

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