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“I have been waiting for a collection from Cynthia Good. And here it is! So exciting.”

—Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade and Soil

“Cynthia Good's debut chapbook, What We Do with Our Hands, is a shimmering map of vulnerability and resilience. Like human antennae, the speaker is exquisitely tuned to love and its disappointments, to the eros of the material world and its impermanence. These brief lyric poems slalom between ‘humor, desire, and degradation’ with ease and surprising turns that carry us from ‘nude selfies and saliva,’ past a ‘lit green awning’ to a very human cry: ‘Don't objectify me. Please / Objectify me, in the bone / Cold scent of piss on Rue Jacob.’ Good's is a world where ‘the rocks bear witness to our brevity’ and still ‘the music kept coming—like tomorrow.’”

—Catherine Barnett, author of Human Hours, The Game of Boxes, and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced


Cynthia’s full-length manuscript,


will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2024.

It’s already winning praise from some of America’s leading poets.

An occasion for celebration, Cynthia Good’s lively and enlivening new collection dazzles with lyric precision, emotional control and lucid beauty. Good’s observations about the natural world and the life of the body are delicious with detail and gritty with the wisdom of a life lived deeply and well.

—Deborah Landau, author of Skeletons  


Cynthia Good’s poems beautifully and roughly navigate all of life’s travails—grief, love, the body, motherhood, daughterhood. These poems are imagistic, lyrically plain spoken, and wise. 

—Victoria Chang, author of The Trees Witness Everything


Without being too dogmatic, Cynthia Good’s IN THE THAW OF DAY moves from the past to the present in a way that leaves the reader in touch with a melancholy and beautiful planet that has room, if only briefly, for everything. 

—Matthew Rohrer, author of The Sky Contains the Plans

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