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The Hinge

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My brother is still alive and living
In Fresno.
 
All day he stares at the dead bodies
Of automobiles
 
In his garage. It isn’t a prison
He’d wish himself free of.
 
I visit him,
Dragging my boxes
 
Of books and awards
Behind me.
 
We are walking out of the city
Into the white flame of the desert.
 
Not unlike the Desert
Fathers walking out into Sinai.
 
My brother carries his briefcase
Loaded in icons and dollar bills.
 
He is wearing Larry Levis’s shining
Suit and black leather boots.
 
I am wearing a pale gown
Of sun-bleached flowers.
 
We are talking
About the Resurrection.
 
We are walking dead
Into it
 
Leaving the world and its sweet chorus
Of horrors behind.
 
There is no city
But the city within.
 
No door, but the door
To simple wisdom.
 
We walk, dumb
As newborns
 
Into the tremendous and endless
Blessing.
 

Cynthia Cruz, "The Hinge" 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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  • 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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