Cecilia Woloch

(Pennsylvania)

Cecilia Woloch
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Cecilia Woloch is an American poet and 2011 National Endowment for the Arts recipient. She has published five books, and her poetry has appeared in numerous literary publications.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Woloch attended Transylvania University in Kentucky where she earned degrees in English and Theater Arts. In 1999, Woloch received her Creative Writing MFA from Antioch University. For twenty years, Woloch led writing workshops in schools, prisons, and homeless shelters. Woloch began teaching at the University of Southern California in 2006, where she both leads writing workshops and teaches her students to lead workshops for local youth. She is also the founding director of ... more »

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On Faith

How do people stay true to each other?
When I think of my parents all those years
in the unmade bed of their marriage, not ever
longing for anything else — or: no, they must
have longed; there must have been flickerings,
stray desires, nights she turned from him,
sleepless, and wept, nights he rose silently,
smoked in the dark, nights that nest of breath
and tangled limbs must have seemed
not enough. But it was. Or they just
held on. A gift, perhaps, I've tossed out,
having been always too willing to fly
to the next love, the next and the next, ...

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