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Cynie Cory

Cynie Cory

Cynie Cory grew up in Marquette, Michigan. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and florida State University, where she earned a Ph.D. Her poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, New American Writing, Shade, Verse, and Western Humanities Review. She currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

 

American Girl

American GirlAmerican Girl

$14.00 paper | 59 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-930974-30-2
Publication Date: Jan 2004
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A 2003 New Issues Poetry Prize Selection,
Brenda Hillman, Judge

An Inland Seas Poetry Book

"Cynie Cory roams the outer reaches of the heart’s territory, from the snowy winter of family life to the tropical jungles of love. She wears her heart on her sleeve and it is as big as the country she writes about. Is she the quintessential American girl? You bet she is, part Annie Oakley, part Emily Dickinson—sharpshooting poet of wild nights. She zooms in on the detritus of love—the broken fragments, the fallen leaves—and puts together a collage that is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful. Watch out—she’s driving down your street."
        —Barbara Hamby

"Cynie Cory’s poems dare to approach the sublime—the sublime in madness, in desire, in grief. Laments, love letters, eulogies—all of these surface in the seascape of American Girl."
        —Kathryn Harrison

"The voices is these poems revise the standart image of the all-American girl and make her one that is truer, more real, but also more complex and ambiguous. American Girl reveals the difficult universe of an emotional dreamscape that churns within us in a country that hides both darkness and light in its hears."
        —Michael Trammell, The Southeast Review

"Much of the literary iconography of Northern Michigan has been drawn in the masculine tradition of Hemingway and Jim Harrison. Hard drinking and blood sports predominate; the legends and characters that inhabit literature from this terrain are wild, raw, and overwhelmingly male. This collection of achingly beautiful, subversive poems . . . dares the reader to venture beyond that traditional paradigm."
        —Melanie Drane, Foreword Magazine

"Cory's poetry proceeds without pretension, a poetry that refuses to supply false beauty, but one that is also unable to leave us with a message of utter despair. Cory is an American girl worth consulting."
        —Jenny Boully, Maisonneuve/Movable Type

Poem

The Country I Cannot Enter

If I live to touch her, I will cure the cold.
It’s common, how you maximize forgiveness
like a shortcut to the store.

Just south of Georgia’s border I lick the milkshake from my lip,
watch the waitress check her slip.

It’s up to me. She’s forgotten
how glorious is the road,
how I improve it, smash the dashboard like a sun.

Tell her how far I’ve come to where I was not before.
How far it takes to become lost, nothing
like a Chinese theatre, glamorous and masked.

I see with eyes like a gun, unreasonable,
gray ice, the price of betrayal.
If you go away I will find you

by the shell of a familiar moon,
inside the tenor of an obscured promise.