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How the End Begins
Cynthia Cruz




Four Way
2016 • 92 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-67-3



“These are poems of…elegy and opulence: they glitter, sometimes fiercely with an icy moonlight, sometimes with the disposable bling of contemporary American culture, sometimes... [continued in Reviews below]”—G.C. Waldrep,

A chronicle of the struggle between the opposing worlds of the material and the unseen

How the End Begins juxtaposes the world’s seductions and incessant clamoring for more with the invisible world: the quiet, the call of the desert, and the pull to faith. The book chronicles this move toward faith and away from the “dingen” (things or stuff). Within the worlds of these poems are Orthodox monks, Emily Dickinson, anorexic patients inside a hospital ward, Larry Levis, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Captain Beefheart, Henry Darger, Jean Genet, Goya, Karen Carpenter, Joan of Arc, and, of course, God. How the End Begins is a burning down, a kind of end of the world while, at the same time, a new, triumphant beginning.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“These are poems of…elegy and opulence: they glitter, sometimes fiercely with an icy moonlight, sometimes with the disposable bling of contemporary American culture, sometimes with either the glimmer of faith or else its devastating absence. ‘With you missing,’ Cruz declares in one poem, ‘All the pretty animals are game for the killing.’ The same can be said for this ravishing, deeply abandoned collection.”  —G.C. Waldrep

“Cruz continues to write the soul in its fullness and emptiness with markings that bring what is possible in seen and unseen worlds into a single line…How the End Begins is the experience of what makes us human.” —Afaa Michael Weaver

“Cruz continues to deliver surprises with lyric poems that are deceptively sparse yet dense with texture and meaning.” 
Publishers Weekly

From the Book:

Our very own Pharmacopoia blonde
In blue powder eye shadow, or
Luminous nurse of the locked ward,
This sweet, licked delirium. Of teeth,
Dirt, and seed. Alone, in my dream
Room, listening careful
For the second coming.



CYNTHIA CRUZ is the author of three previous poetry collections. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship
from Princeton University. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.



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