Guidebooks for the Dead

Cynthia Cruz (Author)
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Description

In Guidebooks for the Dead, Cynthia Cruz returns to a familiar literary landscape in which a cast of extraordinary women struggle to create amidst violence, addiction and poverty. For Marguerite Duras, evoked here in a collage of poems, the process of renaming herself is a "Quiet death," a renewal she envisions as vital to her evolution. In "Duras (The Flock)," she is "high priestess" to an imagined assemblage of women writers for whom the word is sustenance and weapon, "tiny pills or bullets, each one packed with memory, packed with a multitude of meaning." Joining them is the book's speaker, an "I" who steps forward to declare her rightful place among "these ladies with smeared lipstick and torn hosiery. . . this parade of wrong voices." Guidebooks for the Dead is both homage to these women and a manifesto for how to survive in a world that seeks to silence those who resist.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Four Way Books
Publish Date
March 02, 2020
Pages
72
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.5 X 9.0 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781945588440
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About the Author

Cynthia Cruz is the author of five previous collections of poetry, including four with Four Way Books: The Glimmering Room (2012), Wunderkammer (2014), How the End Begins (2016), and Dregs (2018). Cruz has received various fellowships and has an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts, and an MA in German Studies from Rutgers University. The author of a collection of essays, Disquieting: Essays on Silence (2019), Cruz is the editor of the anthology,
Other Musics: New Latina Poetry (2019). She is currently working on a collection of translations of the Austrian poet Georg Trakl with the Swiss poet and translator Daniele Pantano. She teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Reviews

"In Guidebooks for the Dead, Cynthia Cruz returns to a familiar literary landscape in which a cast of extraordinary women struggle to create amidst violence, addiction, and poverty...." Full list here: https: //therumpus.net/2019/12/what-to-read-when-2020-is-just-around-the-corner/. -- "The Rumpus" (12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM)