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Read what some are saying of her new work:

Cynthia Linville‘s The Lost Thing finds love all over again, time after time, and in everything from sea-breezes to those nights when "the sharp stars/ sting/ like grit in my eye." When I read her work I’m reminded of Mark Twain’s voice of Joan of Arc when Joan is asked if she is in a state of grace. She says: "If I am in a state of grace, I pray God keep me there and if I am not in a state of grace I pray God place me there." Linville resides in a state of grace, stays there and invites us into that state to share it in a lovely poetry she crafts with a sure voice and a total command of her medium. Read this book.

D. R. Wagner
Poet, Musician, Visual Artist and Lecturer in Design - UC Davis


Cynthia Linville’s new book, The Lost Thing, is an eloquent testimony to love, mostly love lost but also an unquenchable affirmation of life. The honesty with which she views life is manifest in these words: "even the sweetest of pilgrimage shatters/ under too much light." She is not afraid to expose the intensity of her varied life under this light. Nature is an integral part of many poems: the "forbidden plum," the bees at Joshua Tree National Park, or Duncan’s Landing that is a "briny repository of secrets." There is also the strangler vine that destroys her grandparents’ home. In her last poem, "I am Fortune’s ungraceful daughter," she asks that time be returned back to her. "Return it to me," she says, words that echo in the heart for many of us, and this book of poems is one to which you will want to return.

Allegra Jostad Silberstein
Poet Laureate for the city of Davis, CA


"And I cannot un-choose you" are the haunting words that open "I Chose You" in Cynthia Linville’s new poetry collection The Lost Thing, covering adventures in lust and longing. Linville shows astonishing insight into the ephemeral nature of lust, one of the sadder aspects of love. Her work about hedonistic heartbreak is timeless and universal. We discover how big the poet’s heart is as she describes the torture of memory and the youthful desire to encompass the world, to know everything, to be everywhere. "Aperture," a two-line poem, can be applied not only to sex but to all existence. How well she describes the panic of those "Kissed by Venus" - one of her apt titles - as well as [how] "this hot thunder can’t last."

Patricia Hickerson
Poet and former Penthouse writer


Cynthia Linville has lived in London, New York, San Francisco and outside of Washington DC but keeps coming back to live in her hometown of Sacramento. She has taught in the English Department at California State University, Sacramento since 2000. She is active in the local poetry scene, hosting readings and reading with the group Poetica Erotica as well as on her own. Cynthia served as Poetry Editor of Poetry Now from 2008-2010 and continues to serve as Managing Editor of Convergence: an online journal of poetry and art ( Ms. Linville regularly contributes her poetry to the Sacramento News and Review, Medusa’s Kitchen and WTF. A music aficionado with a theater background, she is usually out and about supporting the arts.