But you gave this to me, this
silvering fragment or relic-like remnant.
Pure unadulterated music.
Succulent, so small, I could not
name it until I found it
living inside the shivering cells of me.
Yellowing and swelling like medicine
or jealousy. Or some liquid element,
dangerous, one hundred proof.
In Warsaw at dusk, in the porcelain tub,
all the windows of the hotel room, thrown open.
Tiny whites fires igniting in the distance.
The space between is delicate and dangerous —
search lights in the fields of an unknown
country, hiding inside the shut cabin of a train,
moving through the different rooms
of dreams. Your breath always
on my neck; your hands.
Cynthia Cruz is the author of four collections of poetry, including three with Four Way Books: The Glimmering Room (2012), Wunderkammer (2014), and How the End Begins (2016). Her fifth collection of poems, Dregs, and a collection of essays on silence and marginalization, Notes Toward a New Language, are both forthcoming in 2018. Cruz has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in writing and an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts. Cruz is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in German Studies at Rutgers University. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Ula Wiznerowicz (b. 1986) is a Polish documentary photographer currently based in Amsterdam. Her photographs have been exhibited widely with solo shows in Italy, England, and Poland. Working mainly within portraiture and social documentary photography, Wiznerowicz documents a particularly unique Polish/English perspective using the camera to explore narrative conventions with a powerful subtlety and poise. Her careful handling of subjects and their emotive stories has won her acclaim with most recently a Surrau Photo Win, shortlisted for the 2014 Daylight Photo Award, a Jurors Pick FotoVisura Grant, along with the Ideas Tap Portfolio Award in 2012, Channel 4/Saatchi Gallery Prize, and D&AD Best New Blood Prize in 2010. Wiznerowicz received a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Photography from Middlesex University (2010). A short documentary film about her work was made and aired by Channel 4.