Cynthia Cruz

Charcoal | Medicine and Magazines
September 11, 2014 Cruz Cynthia



In my brown leather bag:

some underwear and a white feather

I found along the pavement

on Sunset in Silverlake

when I was eleven. Sweet

Marianne playing

on the black plastic radio

in the tremendous muck and doom.

On the train to Versailles:

three girls from Basque

and the one

painting her short boy-like nails black.



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Glitter of leaves near the gutter

at the Museum of Natural Tragedy.


Succulents, bougainvillea, the toilet

of our history.


California salve: the plum

like hum of death’s white music.

Cynthia Cruz is the author of five collection of poems including her most recent, Dregs, published this fall from Four Way Books. Her first collection of essays, Disquieting: Essays on Silence and Power, will be published in 2018 by BookThug. Cruz is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University.