Finding wonderland

The Lost Thing

Cynthia Linville’s new collection is intimate and sensual, as befits a contributing member of the Sacramento-based poetry group Poetica Erotica. The Lost Thing (Cold River Press, $12.95)—which includes several poems originally published in SN&R—addresses “sacred places,” and whether that place is a lover’s lips or his favorite fishing spot in the wilderness, the location is completely, simultaneously holy and physical. Each detail is an invocation of the senses, but heightened, as in “this is a place where time flows backwards”: “a hedonist’s paradise where expert hands / rub rosemary oil into your flesh / and even the chocolate is good for you.”