How the End Begins by Cynthia Cruz

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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.

About Cynthia Cruz

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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 Fellowshipfrom Princeton University. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Published March 1, 2016 by Four Way. 92 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A troubled persona haunts Cruz's moody, atmospheric collection (after Wunderkammer), battling fatigue and foreboding ("Cords of voices are unspooling inside my head"). But crystalline, assuredly cool writing removes the risk of maudlin self-pity. The dan

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