Instead, It Is Dark

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Red Hen Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Described in the New York Times as having "a knack for intensity," Cynthia Hogue has published twenty books of poetry, translations, and criticism, including such volumes from Red Hen Press as Revenance and In June the Labyrinth. She is co-author of When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina (interview-poems with photographs by Rebecca Ross), named a Notable Book by Poetry International. Revenance was listed as one of the 2014 "Standout" books by the Academy of American Poets. Hogue's honors include two NEA Fellowships and the H.D. Fellowship at Yale. She lives in Tucson, AZ.

How do other people's memories come to live in our bodies, how do they travel by means of language, from one human body to another, across time and miles, painful miles? I ask this question out of sorrow, yes, but also in wonder, upon reading Cynthia Hogue's beautiful, transformative instead, it is dark, a book not of tales or dreams or historical accounts but of memories that survive us, that have already survived us, as they've entered the lyric. Open this book on almost any page and you will see not just World War II history, or its aftermath, but also what such histories do to our minds. You will hear not just the hum of time, but its stranger mysteries. Yes, there is a child forgotten upstairs in the burning building, yes, there is a dream of an underground town, yes, there is a man who survives a heart attack in the twenty-first century and right there in the emergency room asks his wife, the poet, to write down his dreams of what happened. In this world of tragedy, it is tenderness that gives us a chance, it is a whisper that surprises and awakes. Which is to say: Cynthia Hogue has written a beautiful spell of a book, one that investigates the real, yes, but also opens the door into the mysterium of time.
--Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic