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The Glimmering Room (Stahlecker Selections) (Paperback)

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In Cruz’s second collection THE GLIMMERING ROOM, she takes on the mind like few poets working today. Most of the poems take on her time spent in a psychiatric ward for her struggle with an eating disorder. I might classify the work as confessional, so if you’re a fan of Sylvia Plath, Cruz is your poet. Her vulnerability is unmatched, and sonically, she is pushing boundaries. Easily one of the most interesting collections I’ve read. -Tyler

— From Featured Table: National Poetry Month


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.

About the Author

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781884800979
ISBN-10: 1884800971
Publisher: Four Way Books
Publication Date: October 9th, 2012
Pages: 98
Language: English
Series: Stahlecker Selections