Cintia Santana
Contributor History

Cintia Santana
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Cintia Santana teaches fiction and poetry workshops in Spanish, as well as literary translation courses at Stanford University. The recipient of fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and CantoMundo, her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2020Beloit Poetry JournalGuernicaThe Iowa ReviewKenyon ReviewPleiadesPoetry Northwest, The Threepenny ReviewWest Branch, and other journals. Her first poetry manuscript, The Disordered Alphabet, is forthcoming from Four Way Books. To learn more go to:



In Print

Vol. 80
Ways of Water
Spring 2023
Edited by Bradford Morrow


September 20, 2023
The Rachel stands tuned  
            to multiplicities, 
aslant in a territory of longing,
            where she becomes foreign.

            What has she found?
She listens, acknowledges another sound,
            diffuse, multiple,  
pulsing thought, oscillations, whisperings,
            never only one.
September 13, 2023
I had yet to discover the source of that star, it came and it passed but from where it sprang and then fell to fading remained a mystery. In cycling its light lent its powers to coloring my tablecloth a lighter shade, relieving pigment from its duty to darken, except for those spots where I placed my bottles and cups, shielding only parts of the piece from fading, threads left closer to their original hues hewed to others abandoned as wraiths to their fates, a darker ring the mark of those who stayed behind.
September 6, 2023
Where the trees blackened, I saw,

Quickly, three deer lean into goldenness.

It seems, although wildfires rage

Out of control, this world remembers

Some portion of its first purposes:

Superfluous beauty