Cynthia Linville‘s The Lost Thing
finds love all over again, time after time, and in everything from
sea-breezes to those nights when "the sharp stars/ sting/ like grit in
my eye." When I read her work I’m reminded of Mark Twain’s voice of Joan
of Arc when Joan is asked if she is in a state of grace. She says: "If I
am in a state of grace, I pray God keep me there and if I am not in a
state of grace I pray God place me there." Linville resides in a state
of grace, stays there and invites us into that state to share it in a
lovely poetry she crafts with a sure voice and a total command of her
medium. Read this book.
D. R. Wagner
Poet, Musician, Visual Artist and Lecturer in Design
- UC Davis
Cynthia Linville’s new book, The Lost
Thing, is an eloquent testimony to love, mostly love lost but also
an unquenchable affirmation of life. The honesty with which she views
life is manifest in these words: "even the sweetest of pilgrimage
shatters/ under too much light." She is not afraid to expose the
intensity of her varied life under this light. Nature is an integral
part of many poems: the "forbidden plum," the bees at Joshua Tree
National Park, or Duncan’s Landing that is a "briny repository of
secrets." There is also the strangler vine that destroys her
grandparents’ home. In her last poem, "I am Fortune’s ungraceful
daughter," she asks that time be returned back to her. "Return it to
me," she says, words that echo in the heart for many of us, and this
book of poems is one to which you will want to return.
Allegra Jostad Silberstein
Poet Laureate for the city of Davis, CA
"And I cannot un-choose you" are the
haunting words that open "I Chose You" in Cynthia Linville’s new poetry
collection The Lost Thing, covering adventures in lust and
longing. Linville shows astonishing insight into the ephemeral nature of
lust, one of the sadder aspects of love. Her work about hedonistic
heartbreak is timeless and universal. We discover how big the poet’s
heart is as she describes the torture of memory and the youthful desire
to encompass the world, to know everything, to be everywhere.
"Aperture," a two-line poem, can be applied not only to sex but to all
existence. How well she describes the panic of those "Kissed by Venus" -
one of her apt titles - as well as [how] "this hot thunder can’t last."
Poet and former Penthouse writer
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