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Cynthia Anderson

Cynthia Anderson is the author of 10 poetry collections, most recently The Missing Peace (Velvet Dusk Publishing, 2021). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, and her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She is co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens. She lives in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park.

Spring Equinox

Last week yellow tape
cordoned a pile of rubble
on the beach, the remains
of a freshly fallen cliff.
But today, the equinox
upholds all desires, the way
fog and sun share the air
and rose petals scatter
on the littoral—the aftermath
of a wedding, followed
by another, and another
up and down the sand.
My friend says on this day
an egg will balance upright
on the ground—Try it, she says,
I have four in my yard.
But the cusp already
has everything I need—
love, chance meetings,
and memory threading
towards a magnetic pole.
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