If I use cellophane and diazotype
I just might disintegrate.
This isn’t a diary entry or proof.
I don’t remember—
But there are photographs.
Then, the film goes blank.
The elsewhere of death
and its blinding white salve–
Cynthia Cruz’s poems have been published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and others. Her first collection of poems, RUIN, was published by Alice James Book, her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books, and her third collection, Wunderkammer, will be published in fall of 2014 by Four Way Books. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.