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Cynthia Cruz’s second collection, The Glimmering Room, beckons readers down into the young speakers’ dark underworld, and because we are seduced by Cruz’s startling imagery and language rich with “Death’s outrageous music,” we follow willingly. The poems wander in and out of their own American wastelands—strip malls, bus stations, state psychiatric hospitals, “the Starver’s Ward // With the other almost-girls”—with a loneliness “so brutal / It is beautiful.” Peopled with “ambassadors from the Netherworld”—the orphaned and abused, the lost and addicted—Cruz leads us through this “traveling minstrel show / Called girlhood—” which is at once tragic and magical.

From “Strange Gospels” to stark, entrancing dispatches from inside the hospital walls, these poems give voice to the voiceless in the face of poverty, addiction, war, and consumerism. “I am diseased with this / Recurring dream that is / My life,” one speaker declares, and we are devastated not by a godless world, but by a world rife with the “God of gas station bathrooms / And of girls held hostage / Inside their own bedrooms,” a God who “does not keep/ The demons back.” Relentless in its descent into “the mind’s outrageous factory,” the book’s redemption lies not in pulling us back from the edge, but in its refusal to look away or to let us forget: “memory// That warm slop of honey, / seeping. No way to stop it / And its gorgeous hurricane of bees.”

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The Glimmering Room
Cynthia Cruz

Published 2012 by Four Way Books in New York, NY .
Written in English.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
811/.6
Library of Congress
PS3603.R893 G58 2012

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
79p.
Number of pages
79

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25197971M
ISBN 10
1884800971
ISBN 13
9781884800979
LC Control Number
2012002003
OCLC/WorldCat
775590844

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