Monday, December 20, 2010

Suitcase Alumn - Lyn Lifshin

Poet Lyn Lifshin appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of The Battered Suitcase

Lyn has published over 120 books and edited 4 anthologies. Also out recently: "Nutley Pond", "Persephone" "Katrina" and "Lost Horses". Her web site is

Just released to glowing reviews, poet Lyn Lifshin's new collection, "Ballroom."
With Ballroom, my 30-year addiction to Lyn Lifshin is reaffirmed and continues, unabated. Each new Lifshin work unravels, ravels and reravels me, shocks me that I’m once again surprised at the author’s depth and range. Ballroom is an invitation to the dance of Mad Girls, lovers, obsession, self-doubt, growth, regressions, transgressions…so potent, sexual, and thought-provoking in ways only Lyn Lifshin can plumb. This book tantalizes, lets us find new sides of the author’s voice that have been living in the margins.
Ballroom inspires the same freshness and glistening in me as did the very first book of Lyn's I read those 3 decades ago. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Lyn. I love this book. 
-- Ted Roberts

In Lyn Lifshin's latest collection of discrete-yet-linked poems, dance becomes an exquisite metaphor for obsessive yearning and desire. Form and content complement each other perfectly: Lifshin's language is as graceful, physical, and organic as dance itself.

-- Janice Eidus, author of The Last Jewish Virgin & The War of the Rosens

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