How do our bodies speak for us when words don’t suffice? How can we make ourselves understood when what we have to say is inarticulable?
In Disquieting, Cynthia Cruz tarries with others who have provided examples of how to “turn away,” or reject the ideologies of contemporary neoliberal culture. These essays inhabit connections between silence, refusal, anorexia, mental illness, and neoliberalism. Cruz also explores the experience of being working-class and poor in contemporary culture, and how those who are silenced often turn to forms of disquietude that value open-endedness, complexity, and difficulty.
Disquieting: Essays on Silence draws on philosophy, theory, art, film, and literature to offer alternative ways of being in this world and possibilities for building a new one.
Praise for Dregs:
“Cruz showcases her trademark spare palette and haptic focus in a brief, satisfying fifth collection that hews close to the anxious, delirious mood of its predecessor.”
Praise for How the End Begins:
“This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a meditation on mortality that avoids morbidity, a set of instructions for how to destroy in order to allow for transformation or renewal”
Praise for The Glimmering Room:
“The Glimmering Room is an exquisite fever dream of drugs, anorexia, and unwanted sex (in both senses of the word) populated by young women and men–the walking dead–who have lost all sense of where the edge is.”
—The New York Times
Press Coverage for Disquieting:
What We’re Reading: Editors’ Picks, Spring 2019 —Hamilton Review of Books
“Cruz’s collection of essays is unafraid to dwell in this disquieting betwixt, this space that asks for radical listening, for redefinitions of worth and value, and for resistance to assimilation. Throughout the book, we learn that resistance is both necessary and painful, destructive and healing.” —Emmalea Russo, Las Angeles Review of Books
The Unsayable: a Conversation with Cynthia Cruz —Paul Rowe, 3:Am Magazine
Cynthia Cruz was born in Germany and grew up in Northern California. She is the author of four previous collections of poems. Her fifth collection is Dregs (Four Way Books, 2018). The editor of a new anthology of contemporary Latina poetry, Other Musics (forthcoming in 2019), Cruz is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University. She lives in Brooklyn.