From Rochester Radar, June 30, 2017:
“Poetry serves many different purposes for me,” says Cynthia Plascencia when discussing her craft. “A photo album to record the places I’ve been, a diary to dwell on the latest fail, a refrigerator door to showcase a triumph, a leather couch to analyze on; it’s personal.”
Plascencia, a native Houstonian who moved to New Hampshire to complete her MFA in Creative Writing at UNH, currently works as a transportation writer for the Strafford Regional Planning Commission in Rochester. Her poetry can be found most recently in Outlook Springs, a delightful literary journal founded in Dover.
“One of poetry’s biggest appeals for me is how the experience can be so personal for the poet, yet universal and accessible for the reader,” says Plascencia. “Much of my writing is rooted in personal experiences, but I hope my poems become something personal for the reader too.”
I am so much mass
today I am denied life insurance;
no life can be readily sustained on such wide terrain.
And yet— though I grow exponentially in the health committee's eyes—
I shrink, swallowed easily (despite the enormity)
into 68-hour work weeks of mileage reports,
neon sticky notes, and jury duty so long you wonder if everyone is pleading
just to escape–guilty, guilty, guilty–
court transcript so long, the typist is out cold.
And on my queen mattress,
the dent beside a dozing partner is disappearing,
cooled by a tower fan,
and not even a kiss on a bare back
is enough for a stir.
O’Connor, a New York native, recently settled in Rochester after obtaining her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Her work has recently appeared in “The Fourth River,” “Stone Canoe,” “Paper Nautilus,” “So to Speak,” “Arsenic Lobster,” and the “Santa Ana River Review,” among other publications. She is also a former poetry editor of the online literary journal “Barnstorm.”
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