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Cynthia Anderson

Cynthia Anderson lives in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park. She is the author of four poetry collections—In the Mojave, Desert Dweller, and Shared Visions I and 2 (in collaboration with her husband, photographer Bill Dahl). She is co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Askew, Waypoints, Dark Matter, Whale Road, and Eternal Haunted Summer.

She is on Facebook and blogs at http://cynthiashidesertblog.blogspot.com/

Cynthia's Origami micro-chapbook & selected poem are available below.  Download the single-page micro-chapbook as a PDF by clicking the title.  To read the selected poem below, also click on the title.

Origami Micro-Chapbook 

Selected Poem(s)

Desert Time


Cover: Cholla Cactus Garden
at Joshua Tree National Park by Bill Dahl
Every Origami Micro-chapbook
may be printed, for free,
from this website.


Two mourning doves
flutter under eaves,
no place to nest—
but, smitten by spring,
they persist.

Hummingbirds dart
from blooming sage
to red-spiked birds
of paradise.

Long-tailed lizards
glide up rock walls,
peer into crevices,
pose in the sun.

A single cloud
billows higher,
adrift in the blue.
Cynthia Anderson  © 2015