Cynthia Robinson

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Cynthia Robinson is a writer and art historian based in Ithaca, New York. Her short fiction has been published by The Arkansas Review, Epoch, The Missouri Review, Slice, and others. She is Mary Donlon Alger Professor of Medieval and Islamic Art at Cornell University. Her debut novel, BIRDS OF WONDER, published on 20 February 2018, is a finalist in the fiction category for this year's CNY book awards, sponsored by the Writers' Center at the Syracuse YMCA. She is currently at work on another novel.


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Cynthia Robinson When I was five years old, my cousin--15 at the time--shot my favorite aunt and killed her. Ruled an accident, he was supposedly cleaning his gun, but…moreWhen I was five years old, my cousin--15 at the time--shot my favorite aunt and killed her. Ruled an accident, he was supposedly cleaning his gun, but after the afternoon of her funeral--I remember my mother crying as she looked in the mirror, pinning her veiled black hat in place with hat pins--it was never discussed. Ever. No pictures of my aunt anywhere to be found. She was a librarian, she introduced me to books; she was divorced (not something women readily did in the South in the '60s), beautiful, she wore red lipstick and dyed her hair and she smoked. She fascinated me. The truth is I already wrote a novel about this, my first, but it's lost somewhere on a floppy disk, floating in the mists of time... Possibly a good thing: I think all writers should probably 'lose' their first novels. Maybe I'll write it again; I'm sure it would be better the second time around.(less)
Cynthia Robinson Being able to sit down at this desk every day and create. Even if it's going badly, even if what's showing up on the screen needs to be deleted…moreBeing able to sit down at this desk every day and create. Even if it's going badly, even if what's showing up on the screen needs to be deleted immediately, I'm still writing! I held back on it for a very long time while I had an entire career in academe (which I still maintain...), and now that I've gone back to writing fiction, I can't imagine letting a day go by without engaging in that practice, even if only for ten minutes. I need daily contact with what I'm working on--a must have!(less)
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The moment is here. The one where you know, in your gut, that something very, very bad is about to happen. It’s just that you don’t know what the Bad Thing is, and so you couldn’t stop it even if you wanted to, but you know it’s coming. They are all assembled–Pearl, Cornelia, Danae, Livia; the tipsy Marta and the drunk priest. There is silverware, and linen, and crystal, and more mulberry wine,...

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“It was then that she saw the curl. A lovely, shiny curl of hair the color of coral tea roses that wrapped itself around twigs and weeds, and then disappeared beneath an overgrown forsythia. So very Pre-Raphaelite!
Beatrice reached to touch the curl, brushing the weeds aside.
Nothing could have prepared her for the image of the peacock. Suddenly, there it was: tail-feathers fully unfurled, luminous blues and greens shimmering between blades of grass.”
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“Two long, curved feathers, one crossed over the other, stripes of creamy beige and brown blending into the grass flattened by the girl’s head. From an owl—no mistaking the comb-like flutings along the outer edge. “Fimbriae”—Jes could almost hear her father—“so its flight will be silent.”
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“And then red, marbled with pink, around two imperfect circles of bone-white with dark centers. A space where there shouldn’t be one—ground visible, covered with grass, and some clover. Red again—an image of the tomatoes on the kitchen counter flashed across Beatrice’s mind—surrounding two more bone-white circles.
The hand bearing the peacock was severed, that was why Beatrice could see a sliver of ground where basic biology dictated there should be skin. There was a clean cut five inches or so above the wrist, just missing the edge of the peacock’s tail, the muscles and tendons—the bones—neatly sliced through like a Swiss round steak prepared by an expert butcher.”
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“A million candles," as Sasha had said, burnt in him without his being at the trouble of lighting a single one. He moved like a stag, without any need to think about his legs.”
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“It was ancient and had risen from the boiling earth. It had slept, falling dormant in the dust, rising in mist. Tuberculosis had flown in a dizzy rush to unite with warm life. It was in each new world, and every old world. First it loved animals, then it loved people too.”
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