Blue Hallelujahs by Cynthia Manick
by Cynthia Manick
Cynthia Manick's BLUE HALLELUJAHS bring us to a broil like Koko Taylor's 'white-toothed love coils on repeat.' Here, we have a gospel of womanly sharpness, a kitchen sinked and hot combed diary of the way Blues grinds into the 21st century. Gifted with the ability to smolder into surprise and swelter, Manick's reflections on discovery and loss will bring you to a 'slow applause under the skin.' Thank you for this bouquet of sheet music filled with church organ and pistol smoke, Ms. Manick. We gone need it to get to the other side. – Tyehimba Jess
Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She was a 2014 finalist for the New York Foundation of Arts Fellowship in Poetry; serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing; and is Founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Manick's work has appeared in African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Fjords Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, St. Ann's Review, Spillway Magazine, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.