Book Review:In The Mojave Poems by Cynthia Anderson Photographs By Bill Dahl
08/01/2012 04:59PM ● Published by Denise Brown
Book Review By Delphine Lucas
Cynthia Anderson moved to the hi-desert in 2008 and began her desert life. One thing that is interesting about the desert is how one ends up here. For some it’s the end of the road, for others it’s a quiet place to write or paint, and for the spiritual seekers, it is a connection to the mysteries of the heart and soul.
When a person chooses to interact with the desert it will open itself and re- veal something beautiful and life affirming. This happened as Anderson observed the desert around her; the animals, plants, landscapes, and the change of seasons over a one year period.
Anderson expresses the subtle moods of her observations of these living and non-living desert elements in her poetry. She organizes them in the book by seasons, and included with each season is a black and white photograph taken by her husband. The photographs are a lovely addition to the book.The final section of the book contains poetry written about a visit to Little Petroglyph Canyon, a canyon filled with hundreds of petroglyphs, located in the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. I recently went on a tour to this site. When I read these poems I retraced my steps as I was led through the lava fields, through the Joshua tree forest, and into the canyon itself. It was a guided trip experienced through the eyes of a poet into the mystery of this particularly beautiful and spiritual area of the desert. What a wonderful way to revisit the area again, through Anderson’s poetry.
This section of the book contains her strongest work. She captured the canyon’s essence by her understanding and ability to express something deeper than what is seen only with the naked eye. She observed with her heart and soul.