|Issue 7:||March 2021|
you inch your way along the precipice hand over hand whatever it takes for the view and the thrill of that precarious balance— traversing the vertical cliff towards your new sense of self the edge between flying and falling intact you cling to the shadow side pull towards the light slick stones underfoot faint clouds overhead— don’t look down as you round the last curve just hold your breath facing into the wind
—After a photograph by Cindy L. Sheppard: The Chains That Free Us
—One of four Finalists in The Chains Writing Challenge
lives in the Mojave Desert. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Spillway, Crab Creek Review, Apercus, Askew, San Pedro River Review, Mojave River Review, The Coil, and Split Rock Review, among others. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of nine poetry collections and co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens.
Author’s website: www.cynthiaandersonpoet.com
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