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Issue 21: 1 Jan. 2024
Cherita Sequence: 68 words
By Cynthia Anderson


stone age burial 

the young mother 

her stillborn 
nestled in the wing 
of a swan 



by the boy’s hip 
a flint knife 

just as if 
he had lived 
to be a man 


safe passage 

scores of teeth 
from red deer and boar 

red ochre 
from a blessing bowl 


spirit world 

all but their bones 
and finery 

flown away 
with the messenger 
of the gods 
Cynthia Anderson
Issue 21 (1 January 2024)

A California resident and poet for more than 40 years, Cynthia Anderson is the author of 12 books, most recently Arrival (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 2023). Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies, and she has received multiple nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Her recent work focuses on the natural world and her family history. She is co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens (Green Poet Press).

Author’s website: www.cynthiaandersonpoet.com

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