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ENDEAVOR – Cynthia Guardado

ENDEAVOR is a collection of poetry about survival. It is centered
around women, and also details the horrors of alcoholism, oppression,
and violence. This collection highlights extreme circumstances by
refusing to stay silent and therefore each poem pushes the reader to
face the harsh reality of trauma in different aspects of our society.

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“I want you to see her . . . I want you to remember . . . .” The poems of Endeavor call out personal and cultural injustice, and they examine the experience of loss, but they insist on acknowledgement and documentation rather than any type of closure. “I will instruct myself to keep my eyes wide / to not flinch in the face of disaster,” the poet writes. “If this is the end, I will watch it happen.” Cynthia Guardado bears witness to actions and events that many of us would rather not see, and she urges us to own up to our part in these things. She shows us that hope will blossom only when we begin to take responsibility: “Something beautiful is happening here,” she writes about an impromptu act of communal resistance among strangers on a Greyhound Bus. These poems are lyrical and bold and they don’t flinch. Not ever. Guardado has written a powerful, heartbreaking book, one I look forward to reading again and again. —Corrinne Clegg Hales, author of To Make it Right

Cynthia Guardado’s debut collection of poetry Endeavor, is a searing indictment of the many faces of human cruelty. Delving into the darkest recesses of the human condition, her work manages to transcend the trappings of mere reportage by her earnest and often painful need to understand. Aptly navigating the war torn landscapes of inner and outer turmoil and terror, the reader is often left cornered by her unflinching willingness to brave brutality in its most intimate spaces. The beauty in Guardado’s Endeavor is in the grace in which she aims to put an end to a silence that has muffled the screams of our collective consciousness far too long, and I, for one, have heard her. —Dennis Cruz, author of No One

“I want you to see her . . . I want you to remember . . . .” The poems of Endeavor call out personal and cultural injustice, and they examine the experience of loss, but they insist on acknowledgement and documentation rather than any type of closure. “I will instruct myself to keep my eyes wide / to not flinch in the face of disaster,” the poet writes. “If this is the end, I will watch it happen.” Cynthia Guardado bears witness to actions and events that many of us would rather not see, and she urges us to own up to our part in these things. She shows us that hope will blossom only when we begin to take responsibility: “Something beautiful is happening here,” she writes about an impromptu act of communal resistance among strangers on a Greyhound Bus. These poems are lyrical and bold and they don’t flinch. Not ever. Guardado has written a powerful, heartbreaking book, one I look forward to reading again and again. —Corrinne Clegg Hales, author of To Make it Right

Cynthia Guardado’s debut collection of poetry Endeavor, is a searing indictment of the many faces of human cruelty. Delving into the darkest recesses of the human condition, her work manages to transcend the trappings of mere reportage by her earnest and often painful need to understand. Aptly navigating the war torn landscapes of inner and outer turmoil and terror, the reader is often left cornered by her unflinching willingness to brave brutality in its most intimate spaces. The beauty in Guardado’s Endeavor is in the grace in which she aims to put an end to a silence that has muffled the screams of our collective consciousness far too long, and I, for one, have heard her. —Dennis Cruz, author of No One

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