For the Spring 2014 issue of West Branch WiredCynthia Cruz talks poetry with West Branch interns Ashley Duran and Jonathan Moseley.

Cynthia CruzWest Branch: Your most recent book, The Glimmering Room, begins with a selection from the Gospel of Thomas. Given the quotation's Gnostic roots, can you speak to how religion, or religiosity, informs your work?

Cynthia Cruz: It is a kind of poetry, this mysticism. And philosophy. And for me, poetry is this mix of a kind of mysticism and philosophy. 

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