I Am Never Not Singing: On Cynthia Cruz’s “Hotel Oblivion”

AUGUST 30, 2022 CYNTHIA CRUZ’S UNPARALLELED new collection, Hotel Oblivion, begins at the end of the body: “It is the body that leads me, though I always want to anchor myself in the mind.” The speaker of the 70 profoundly obsessive, hypnotic poems that span the collection, with often repeating titles such as “Hotel Letter,” … Read more

Singing while they worked

The history of Irish women’s writing is one of successive forgettings and retrievals. A notable flashpoint came in 1991, with the publication of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, whose first three volumes, edited by Seamus Deane, attracted criticism for their meager representation of writing by women. Another two volumes were published with the … Read more