Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although Cynthia Macdonald is known primarily as a poet, she also wrote the libretto for the opera The Rehearsal, with music by Thomas Benjamin, which was produced in 1980 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. That same year, her lyrics were set to music by Judy Collins for “This Is the Day,” recorded on Elektra. Macdonald is also the author of reviews, essays, memoirs, and commentaries on her own poems and on the writing process, which have appeared in various books and periodicals.