East End Books Ptown Presents: "Sleeping in the Dead Girl's Room" - Cynthia Bargar 8/15 @6pm
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Poet Cynthia Bargar has a new collection, Sleeping in the Dead Girl’s Room (Lily
Poetry Review Books, 2022). A ghost story, a memoir in poems this book grapples
with an 18-year-old’s presumed suicide months before the birth of her niece. They
share a name: “When they call my name they are calling hers.” Engaging with
photographs, memories, documents, and a haunting presence, Bargar weaves
together the unspoken story of her aunt’s death and her own history of mental
Cynthia Bargar’s poems have appeared in many journals including Gargoyle, Rogue Agent, Book of Matches,
LUMINA Literary Journal, Comstock Review, Driftwood Press, Loch Raven Review, and Stoneboat Literary Journal. Her
prose poem “Beach at St. Mary’s” is included in the new book of images and text, Our Provincetown: Intimate
Portraits by Barbara E. Cohen (Provincetown Arts Press, 2021). Sleeping in the Dead Girl's Room is her first
poetry collection. Cynthia lives in Provincetown, MA with her partner, cartoonist Nick Thorkelson. She is the
associate poetry editor at Pangyrus LitMag.
PRAISE FOR SLEEPING IN THE DEAD GIRL'S ROOM
Cynthia Bargar’s Sleeping in the Dead Girl’s Room explores the interior of the self over the course of a lifetime,
tracing the long travail of the self when faced with an imposed multiplicity, a fracturing of identity. The tragic
failures of culture, institutions, and medicine itself are laid bare in these pages. Bargar has created a work that
challenges the boundaries of genre while indicting a world that refuses to examine its own culpability in
silencing the brave and the vulnerable—as the speaker is warned at one point by an attendant in a mental
health facility, “Laugh too loud,/ they take the laugh away.” This is a courageous book—made to be read in
one sitting, made to linger in the imagination.
— Brian Turner, author of My Life as a Foreign Country, and Here, Bullet
We now know so much about how trauma and mental illness can be passed down through families, but in
Sleeping In The Dead Girls' Room, Cynthia Bargar does much more than recount her family saga. Bargar's poems
weave poetic craft and narrative urgency into a memoir that reveals both the story of her name and the ghost
who inhabited her psyche for many years. In masterfully wielding poetic form to reconcile and exorcise the
Dead Girl's story from her own, Bargar shows us how healing happens at the soul level of language.
— KPrevallet, author of I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time and Trance Poetics
At once a ghost story and a journey of discovery, an act of capacious empathy and of desperate
disidentification, Cynthia Bargar’s Sleeping in the Dead Girl's Room is as deeply moving as it is quietly
devastating. Through a series of poetic dialogues we are invited to join and to share, the poems re-assemble
the pieces of a self who dares to move toward hope.
— Marianne Hirsch, author of Family Frames and The Generation of Postmemory