Desert Dweller: A conversation with poet Cynthia Anderson

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“In the hour of deep black,
when sleep blurs the edge of time,
the Milky Way spills into space like salt,
a pillar of light to see by.”
from “They Move at Night” by Cynthia Anderson

The desert is a magical, mythical place where the boundaries between past and present, visible and invisible, are easily blurred if you have the requisite sensitivity and humility. These are gifts that the desert herself will give you, and few poets articulate this exchange as beautifully as Cynthia Anderson.

In this program Cynthia talks about poetry, the desert, and her life as a poet, and reads some of the spare and powerful poems from her latest book, Desert Dweller. If you love the Mojave or want to know her better, listen in, and if you need encouragement to follow your muse, let Cynthia provide some.

Cynthia is the author of two books of desert poetry, In the Mojave and Desert Dweller, and collaborated with her photographer husband Bill Dahl on two others, Shared Visions and Shared Visions II. These books are available on-line at blurb.com and locally at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley and Raven’s Bookshop in 29 Palms.

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from About Poetry and Poets, released August 29, 2015
This program was recorded by Dr. Catherine Svehla for Myth in the Mojave. Thanks to Radio Free Joshua Tree for providing us with a home on internet radio.

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Dr. Catherine Svehla Joshua Tree, California

Storyteller, scholar, artist, & desert activist with a PhD in mythology & depth psychology.

Myths & stories contain the wisdom of the human race. I want to know how we can keep the mystery in life alive? How can myths connect us to a larger sphere of being & meaning?

Many of these tracks are Myth in the Mojave programs that first aired online on Radio Free Joshua Tree.

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