instead, it is dark

Following her husband’s massive heart attack, Cynthia Hogue began writing poems based on dreams and memories that he, born during WWII in occupied France, had as a child growing up in a time of vast postwar food shortages. Hogue embarked on a quest to discover if there were more such memories in her extended family in France.


As much as human beings were made to stay inside their homes in many places, pulled back like the awkward weeds we can be, threatened with culling by the mind of the garden, we were, in that way, contained by the pandemic.

In June the Labyrinth

Hogue strikes a profound chord in this elliptical sequence; ‘you will not get lost,’ though ‘you will feel lost,’ she explains, as she leads us on a quest for healing, forgiveness, and love.--Wendy Barker


Revenant is “ghost” in French, and in her eighth collection, Revenance, Cynthia Hogue coins a word to consider large questions of life and afterlife.

Or Consequence

The poems in Cynthia Hogue’s collection, Or Consequence, range from meditations on “freedom” to poems crossing cultural and formal boundaries.

The Incognito Body

In the title series meditating on the “gift of illness,” the self wakes up one day to find that her body has been replaced by an “incognito body” in pain.


In the tradition of Dickinson and H.D., Flux opens out into visionary language and the never-ending search for transcendence.

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