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The Glimmering Room
Cynthia Cruz

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2012 • 98 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-97-9

“Each writer’s new collection is a bracing meditation on mortality...Ms. Cruz’s poems are an ecstatic overdose of language and emotion...Her razor-wire stanzas in The Glimmering Room, even better than her fine debut, Ruin (Alice James Books, 2006), are full of too-young desolation angels, ‘the other almost-girls’ and ‘the boys who want to die.’...This powerful poetry is a heart offering by way of Ms. Cruz’s ancestor-sisters Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath.”—Dana Jennings, New York Times Review

Poems that give voice to the voiceless in the face of poverty, addiction, war, and consumerism

Fierce and fearless, The Glimmering Room beckons readers down into the young speaker’s dark underworld, and because we are seduced by Cruz’s startling imagery and language rich with “Death’s outrageous music,” we follow willingly. 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.

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Reviews / Endorsements:

“…to read these poems is to continually plummet…The Glimmering Room is a savage and stunningly coherent collection that turns the so-called ‘post-confessional’ mode on its head.” —Cate Marvin

“Cruz’s characters…are perpetually on the edge of oblivion. Only the intensity and sympathy of Cruz’s attention keeps them from passing over into disaster.” —Joel Brouwer

CYNTHIA CRUZ is the author of Ruin and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.