Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow


This aisle is Occasion: 
What?  That is silly. This one. 
Or, alternately:  Any, so. 

This rack is Size: 
One, so:  Any, so:  Over 
the Head. 

This, Darling, is Color. Say it with me:     
Clear, so:  Skin, so: 
Matching.     Presto! 
And you thought this could be 

This long table is Fabric: Anything that can 
brush off, shave off, shear off, pain-spared,  
a creature who, 
vitally, dwells 
to romp or bleat, scurry off or 
sun itself lolling about 
smelling smells. 

Left your wallet at home? Carry on. 
This is the Price: None. Here. It is yours. 
You have paidtheprice here 
for the pure pleasure of your 
pinching plastic seat. The seat right here. 

Just a moment, your Receipt: Do you  
want your receipt? We all 
have distributed attention. 
The decorated flaw. The song,  
though. The ever-remodeling song 
satisfactory, nonetheless.  
You doing less forgetting  
about everything 
gets in the way of no one. 

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow's poetry collections include: Horn Section All Day Every Day, and The Day Judge Spencer Learned the Power of Metaphor, (Salmon, 2018 and 2012, respectively); chapbook, Old School Superhero Loves a Good Wristwatch (Dancing Girl, 2014).

Her honors include: 2020 Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award Finalist for Horn Section All Day Every Day; Red Hen Press Poetry Award (judge: Cynthia Hogue); Tusculum Review Poetry Prize (judge: Jericho Brown); Willow Review Prize for Poetry (judge: the Editors); Beullah Rose/Smartish Pace Poetry Prize (judge: the Editors); three Pushcart Prize nominations, two of which were nominations from the Pushcart Prize Board of Contributing Editors. Finalist for the 2021 Emma Lazarus Project-Poetry Contest from the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities for her poem "Dear American Lady," Edlow's piece, in the words of AJHS, “will be archived with Miss Lazarus' original sonnet ‘The New Colossus’ for generations to come.”

Cynthia Edlow's poetry has appeared or forthcoming in: Plume Poetry Anthologies Volumes 5 and 7; Drawn to Marvel Anthology: Poems From the Comic Books, Not a Muse Anthology, Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry; The American Journal of Poetry, American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Fourteen Hills, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Ilanot Review, Jet Fuel Review, Levure Litteraire, Live Encounters 11th Int’l. Anniversary Edition, Salamander, Smartish Pace, South Dakota Review, Texas Review, and Verse Daily, among other venues. She is at work on her third full length poetry collection.