Cynthia Cruz

BA, Mills College. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Poet; author of Ruin (Alice James Books, 2006) and The Glimmering Room (Four Way Books, 2012); recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. Work published in Isn’t it Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave Books, 2004) and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (The University of Iowa Press, 2004). SLC 2008–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Writing

Lines of Flight: A Mixed-Genre Workshop

Open , Seminar—Fall

In the current political climate—where we are inundated each day with too much news and information to fully comprehend while, at the same time, becoming less and less certain what “truth” means—thinking as a form of exercise to work through what is happening in the world becomes essential. Refraining from clichéed thinking and instead practicing a type of thinking that allows us to examine our ideas and thoughts, we will practice what Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari termed “Lines of Flight,” a thinking that moves, travels, and leaps while resisting binaries and reductive thinking. Leaping from genre to genre in our writing practice (poetry, nonfiction, art writing, and the essay) and from genre to genre in our reading practice (philosophy, theory, art writing, poetry, and nonfiction), we will attempt to make sense of the world in which we live while, simultaneously, practicing different “lines of flight.” Some of the writers and thinkers that we will be reading may include: Lara Mimosa Montes, Paul B. Preciado, Dolores Dorantes, Antonin Artaud, Franz Kafka, Allison Benis White, Donna Haraway, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Michel Foucault, Fred Moten, Fernand Deligny, Avital Ronell, Sara Ahmed, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, and Jakob von Uexküll.

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Previous Courses

How to Do Things With Words (and Pictures)

Open , Seminar—Fall

Taking Heiner Müller’s idea of the loose ekphrasis as a starting point, we will spend the semester moving back and forth from text to image as a means of finding the space between—all the while discussing issues of craft. We will read and discuss the journals and notebooks of writers and artists, as well hybrid texts and artist’s books (texts that incorporate images and artwork). Such texts may include: the archives of Robert Mapplethorpe, Eva Hesse, and David Wojnarowiz; notebooks and journals by Louise Bourgeois, Antonin Artaud, and Marlene Dumas; and artists’ books and texts by Tacita Dean, Marguerite Duras, Julie Ault, Moyra Davey, Hannah Höch, Ana Mendieta, and Felix Gonzalez Torres. We will visit art galleries and museums, an archive, and bookshops—such as Printed Matter, the New Museum Bookstore, and the PS1 Bookstores—that specialize in artist’s books. The final project will be a text of poems with images.

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The Archive and Consumption: A Poetry Writing Workshop

Open , Seminar—Year

This workshop is a one-year course; students may opt to take the class for one or both semesters.

“All enjoyment, all taking in and assimilation, is eating, or rather, eating is nothing other than assimilation.” —Novalis

In this poetry workshop, we will look at the work of poets whose work explores and/or enacts “the archive” and/or “consumption.” Desire is connected to the archive and consumption (taking in, collecting, hoarding, devouring, and cannibalism), as well as the refusal of consumption (protest and rebellion, silence, stutter, hesitation, and space). These ideas will be studied and discussed as we utilize in our own writing various techniques culled from these worlds. In addition to poetic works, we will also look to fashion, visual art, philosophy, film, and fiction. In writing workshop and in conference, we will look at ways that we can use ideas of the archive and consumption in our poetry.

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The Jeweled Lyric

Open , Seminar—Fall

This course explores the idea of the jeweled lyric poem. The lyric poem is a poem that utilizes the “I.” A “jeweled” lyric poem is a lyric poem that jewels “outside information” into the poem. Sometimes this is simply imagined; sometimes it is “outside historical or scientific.” We will read and study such works of poetry but also works that read as poetry but are not technically considered poetry, such as Clarice Lispector’s “Hour of the Star,” and Marguerite Duras’ short book, Writing. During the semester, we will try our hand at constructing such writing. We will go about this by critically reading and discussing examples of such works. Along with Duras and Lispector, readings may include work by Helen Cixous, Lucie Brock Broido, Tory Dent, Andy Mister, David Trinidad, Lily Wong, and Fanny Howe.

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