Cindy is a poet, essayist, editor, and teacher who lives in Metro Detroit.
In The Plague of the Tender-Hearted, Cindy Frenkel makes her way through the maze of family death, divorce, even a brother’s suicide without ever losing the ability to embrace joys small and large. Despite heart-rending troubles there is still beauty in the natural world, the discovery of an unlikely new love, and moments with a beloved daughter when night “stars spill out, / enough to occupy the universe.”–Mary Jo Firth Gillett
With her three-part alchemy of plain speaking, suddenly perfect metaphors, and explosive, morally anchored last lines, Cindy Frenkel portrays a family in The Plague of the Tender-Hearted. From the witty to the elegiac, the poems quest for the why beneath a brother’s suicide and examine the underside of prosperity. But the marvels of this collection are the sassy buoyant poems of love for a daughter and unexpected love after divorce. Frenkel uses memory, the dynamics of ageing parents, and the legacy of the holocaust to pierce us with her bullseye poetic one-liners. The Plague of the Tender-Hearted, with its gem-like rhymes, is both an exploration and a revelation.–Molly Peacock, author of The Analyst and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems
Linda Sienkiewicz covered Cindy's "What, Why, and How" for her blog. Check out Linda's blog to read Cindy's reply.
Also, Cindy will be reading with the acclaimed poet Molly Peacock, as well as Dawn McDuffie and Christine Rhein, for ML Liebler's online series, The Living Room, on Sunday, July 12th at 2 p.m. Look it up on FB under ML Liebler and please join us!
Published overseas, “Fifteen lessons from nine years of teaching” appears in Writing in Education, Issue Number 76, published by the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).