Cruel Futures

Cruel Futures
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17

Publishers Weekly

"Giménez Smith seeks release from the pressures of societal expectations in this collection of brief yet powerful poems. She depicts the myriad ways that a woman's sense of self is at the mercy of assigned gender roles.  . . . She links the concept of becoming a 'monster' to women’s defiance of prescribed roles, their need to break out of which makes them dangerous . . . Cultural phenomena such as marriage and television come under scrutiny, and she handles mental illness issues with great care, particularly bipolar disorder and dementia. Giménez Smith’s crisp lyrics and imagery highlight ever-present threats to female personhood and autonomy."

"The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018"
Jan 23, 2018

Cruel Futures included in this list, among 5 other poetry books.

"Publishers Weekly Applauds Carmen Giménez Smith's Cruel Futures"
Feb 20, 2018
- Harriet Staff

"15 Poets You Need to Be Reading in 2018"
Dec 31, 2017

Carmen Giménez Smith and her forthcoming book, Cruel Futures, included in this list.

- Kristian Wilson

"Cruel Futures listed in the top 10 in Publishers Weekly's Spring 2018 Announcements"
Dec 8, 2017
- Publishers Weekly