Listen to the Codex

Calling upon the energy of origins, Cindy Rinne’s sensuous Listen to the Codex parallels a woman’s journey with the cycles of the earth. These imaginative poems of opening, embodiment, and surprise bring the sacred to the everyday: lighting candles and sage, invoking meditation, chanting, dirt rituals, and the guidance of a self-healing robot. A book of flight and remembrance, Rinne shows how the act of losing and finding calls us to listen, root ourselves in the natural world, and “breathe a circular breath.” – Jennifer K. Sweeney, author of Little Spells and How to Live on Bread and Music

Listen to the Codex is my second chapbook. I am thrilled to be in the Yak Press family. This new book is part of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series Three, Number 1. Each book in the series has a native blossom on the cover and a poem with the title of the blossom. Mine is black sage (Salvia mellifera), a native blossom in southern California.

The poem BLACK SAGE begins with:
I am a seed. Breathe
a circular breath.
Pulse. My heart becomes
an eye. I see through
a web of cut patterns.
(First published by “Sea Foam Magazine.”)

Being published by a local publisher allows me to do readings with other wonderful poets in the Native Blossoms Series. Anne Yale, Editor, sets up readings and my book launch.

Cindy Rinne Reads from Listen to the Codex, with Special Guests
Hosted by Yak Press
Sunday, July 23, 5:00-7:00 PM
Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

As a fiber artist, I like to include excerpts from my poems. I recently finished a series of small art works. Each one has an excerpt from Listen to the Codex.This one has lines from QUESTIONS.

PRE-ORDER Listen to the Codex for $10 now through July 16, 2017. I will send you an autographed copy with free postage (in the United States). Details and another poem at


~ by fiberverse on June 22, 2017.

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