”The figure of the beloved in these spare, lyrical poems of mourning is a young daughter, a ‘bird child who choreographed my murmuring lips,’ whose absence returns the poet to a state of spiritual and linguistic prima materia: a ‘wasteland of irony,’ clay breath, and orphaned wolves. And yet from these elegiac archipelagos comes incantations so tender and haunting that they reanimate the very subject of lyric address (‘O you, my pilgrim, my vein’), and transform the speaker, as she becomes both her child and a postlapsarian creator, awaiting from within a ‘stable of vanished gods’ the ‘rise to mercy's debris.’
—Virginia Konchan, author of The End of Spectacle
Cindy Savett is the author of Child in the Road (Parlor Press, 2007) and the chapbooks, The Story of my Eyes, Battle for the Metal Kiss, Rachel: In the Temporary Mist of Prayer, and Overtures of Survival. Her work is also found in the anthology, Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press, 2012). Educated at The Baldwin School, Gratz College, and The University of Pennsylvania, she studied the impact of sociological and religious thought on existential dialogues within the individual, working with Van Harvey, Laurence Silberstein, and Victor M. Lidz. The sudden death of her youngest daughter generated a fierce reckoning in her poems. She lives with her family on the outskirts of Philadelphia, where she leads poetry workshops for psychiatric inpatients at several area hospitals.