THE NEW SUN
By Cynthia West
“Rainbringer is not for the faint of heart. Firmly rooted in nature, family and work, image after stunning image delivers a compelling richness. . . . This poetry collection is a genuine collaboration of spirit, grace, humility and integrity.”
--Jeanie C. Williams, "Southwest BookViews"
“Cynthia West is a poet connected to the culture of Native Earth. Weaving innovative imagery,
she surrounds what she feels deeply with prayers. She makes clouds into feathers, gives her shadows flowers and sunshine, unflinchingly praises death and pain.”
--James McGrath, author of "At the Edgelessness of Light" and "Speaking with Magpies"
“Cynthia West has captured and freed with her gorgeous language the poetry of the moment. 'The New Sun' is one of those books that you will return to again and again. It is beauty without end.”
--Joan Halifax, Head Teacher, Upaya Zen Center
“These poems surprise and are driven by a curious mind and a mature heart.”
--Natalie Goldberg, author of "Writing Down the Bones"
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Cynthia West says, “Kneeling, I retrieve shattered shards, glue them together. If I can stick even one piece to another, I have a poem. It is bread. . . . To write poetry, I memorize suffering’s names, visit the wounds no stitches can hide, gather stories in my pain bag until it bursts. Love aches if it isn’t told. . . . My words are small, round circles, elm seeds, designed to inhabit cracks. They sprout, growing leaves that call water, roots that hold earth, shade that shelters fruit. . . . I lean over the stream, holding a tin for panning gold, allow water to wash away the mud until the sun flashes on wet metal. . . . Kneeling, I retrieve shattered shards, glue them together. If I can stick even one piece to another, I have a poem. It is bread.”
Known for her visionary realist paintings, Cynthia is also a poet, a photographer, a digital compositor, a book artist, and a potter. Her home and garden of thirty-five years is a healing center as well as her studio and gallery. West is the author of three previous collections of poetry, For Beauty Way, 1000 Stone Buddhas, both from Inked Wingbeat Press, Santa Fe, and Rainbringer from Sunstone Press, Santa Fe.
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