Cynthia Cruz

Dregs II

Grab the blankets,
The whiskey and palinka.

I’ll build us a boat made of money and warp.

Honey, and the dark fugue
Of foreboding.

Pack the song, dirty in its drone,
Its filthy doom

In a jar of black
Blood, and crushed
With snow.

Don’t let me go.

The boat,
It will take us

To the sweet
And filthy water,

The murky

Of death’s
Endless slumber.


Cynthia Cruz

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 and her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books in 2012. Her third collection, Wunderkammer, is forthcoming in 2014. 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, New York.