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Fatigue Empire

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Food in the underworld, the Death
King
 
In his seedy, green nightgown
Holding up flowers.
 
The warden of the underworld
In her plastic, pink
 
Wheelchair
Serving silver trays of
 
Shit and death and black
Gelatinous.
 
Birth, the music
Reminds me and
 
Will not stop
When I turn it off,
 
A warped music box
Trapped inside.
 
I repeat what I cannot bear:
Chronic repetition.
 
This poem is its own
Language.
 
It marks the mind
Like a missing memory
 
Marks the body. Then it
Changes, makes it invisible.
 
Back form the edge of what
Becomes.
 

Cynthia Cruz, "Fatigue Empire" from How The End Begins.  Copyright © 2016 by Cynthia Cruz.  Reprinted by permission of Four Way Books, www.fourwaybooks.com.
Source: How The End Begins (Four Way Books, 2016)
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Fatigue Empire

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  • American poet Cynthia Cruz is the author of Wunderkammer (Four Way Books, 2014), The Glimmering Room (Four Way Books, 2012), and Ruin (Alice James, 2006).She has published poems in numerous literary journals and magazines including the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, the Paris Review, and the Boston Review, and in anthologies including Isn't it Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger Poets (2004), and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (2004). She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University.
    Cruz teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She has previously taught at the Juilliard School, Fordham University, the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program and Eugene Lang College. Born in Germany, Cruz grew up in northern California, where she earned her BA at Mills College, her MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and her MFA in Art Writing & Criticism at the School of Visual...

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