Zarin’s poetry for adults has been praised for its slightly offbeat perspective on mundane, typically overlooked topics, and her picture books for children, including Rose and Sebastian (1997) and What Do You See When You Shut Your Eyes? (1998), encourage her preschool audience to look at things from a fresh perspective. What Do You See When You Shut Your Eyes? features rhyming questions and answers that encourage children to use their five senses and imaginations to participate in the fun. Zarin's text “expresses a poet's sensibility,” asserted a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, “an ability to observe, a sense of the absurd, an affection for the everyday, an eye for juxtaposition.” Zarin’s other books for children include Wallace Hoskins, the Boy Who Grew Down (1999), Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis (2003), and Saints Among the Animals (2006).
Zarin has received numerous awards for her work, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is married to the art dealer Joseph Goddu and currently lives in New York City.
- The Swordfish Tooth: Poems, Knopf (New York, NY), 1989.
- Fire Lyric: Poems, Knopf, 1993.
- The Watercourse: Poems, Knopf, 2002.
- The Ada Poems, Knopf, 2010.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
- Rose and Sebastian, illustrated by Sarah Durham, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1997.
- What Do You See When You Shut Your Eyes?, illustrated by Sarah Durham, Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
- Wallace Hoskins, the Boy Who Grew Down, illustrated by Martin Matje, DK Ink, 1999.
- Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis, illustrated by Pierre Pratt, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2003.
- Saints Among the Animals, illustrated by Leonid Gore, Simon and Schuster (New York, NY), 2006.
- Booklist,January 15, 1989, p. 832.
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,October, 1997, p. 72.
- Kirkus Reviews,August 15, 1997, p. 1316.
- Publishers Weekly,July 19, 1993, p. 239; June 30, 1997, p.76; August 17, 1998, p. 71.
- School Library Journal, September, 1997, p. 198; September, 1998, p. 186.
Poems By CYNTHIA ZARIN
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