Kingdom of Dirt

By Cynthia Cruz Cynthia Cruz
Soon the ambassadors from the Netherworld
Will begin

Their jet-like descent. Death,
Disguised inside me, already,

As sleaze.
Grime and her magnificent seed. Brother Rainer

Clutching his Bible, hallucinating helicopters.
Brother Rainer, child-like and wrecked.

Infamy, and the cosmology of chronic
Raveling and unraveling. Or,

Displaced insanity. Dirty Cindy, little
Glitter of her father’s

Spit: invisible, androgynous, a fragment of
His, found at the bottom of his dream chest.

Draped in my black cape of smut glue and
Subterranean, they mistake me for

A man in drag in my nasty
Boots. Why just look: a manifestation

Of stars. Or, appoint me hustler of
Brutal Rainer and his kinky noir

Scheme: me, at thirteen, on the beach
In a candy-striped bikini.

In time or out of time,
Glamorine.

Groom of the Underworld, please
Come with me

To the discotheque at the end
Of the world. Piss-

Elegant at the halfway
House for the trashed and gone galore.

Meet me in the love-
Burned orchard

Where the beautiful doomed
Meet at last.

Cynthia Cruz, “Kingdom of Dirt” from The Glimmering Room. Copyright © 2012 by Cynthia Cruz. Reprinted by permission of Four Way Books.

Source: The Glimmering Room (Four Way Books, 2012)

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Poet Cynthia Cruz

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Death, The Body

Poetic Terms Couplet, Free Verse

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Born in Germany, Cynthia Cruz grew up in northern California. She earned her BA at Mills College and her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of Ruin (2006) and The Glimmering Room (2012). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Brown Paper, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, and The Paris Review, and in anthologies . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Couplet, Free Verse

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