"In her latest collection: PERSEPHONE, Lifshin uses the mythic
character of Persephone, who was abducted by Hades, and kept in
the underworld until her mother Demeter rescued her. Like Persephone,
Lifshin s collection takes us from the darkness of despair
to the light of love. . . . Highly Recommended." Review by
Doug Holder. Read full review.
"You might as well get used to it: Lifshin is here to stay.
For men, she's sexy. For women, she's an archetype of gutsy independence.
As a poet, she's nobody but herself. Frighteningly prolific and
utterly intense. One of a kind."
San Francisco Review of Books
"Lifshin's chipped line takes on a chantlike undertone, as
of native voices themselves singing from the beyond."
New York Times Book Review
"Nightmarish snapshots, sharp visual details turned in a flash
into emotional signficance."
"Her poems in Rolling Stone stayed on my wall longer than
"Lyn Lifshin's Persephone ( Red Hen, 2008) is a major new
collection of her work and proves that the ( this) 'Queen of the
Small Presses' is at the height of her powers as a poet. Like a
singer with a perfect pitch, Lifshin's voice ranges by turns from
seductive to lyrical to fierce to haunting to daring as she explores
a kaleidoscope of subjects including Lovers and Leavers, Mad Girl
poems, Mother/Daughter relationships, Poems of Place, Ice Maiden
poems, Yet like the greatest of poets, Lyn Lifshin's voice is so
distinctive and intense, you can recognize it immediately even as
she astounds you with its freshness. . . .
". . . Intense ( as its striking cover indicates) and yet
moving and haunting with its wide range of subjects including various
female voices from mythological to contemporary and biographical
as well as mother/daughter relationships, mad girl poems and ice
maiden poems along with poems of place and nature poems ( flame
bird poems ). Lyn Lifshin's voice is powerful and dazzling. If books
were nominated for Academy Awards, this book would be getting an
Laura Boss' editor of Lips
Poetry Magazine (among her several books, Arms)
"They are so other-worldly and flying so
beautifully in and out of this "real" universe...
I always love your poetry.....
Some of the mother poems really got to me this time. But the whole
book was just crammed
with good ones. Red Hen did a wonderful job. It reminds me quite
bit of the Black Sparrow books, but tighter. But I think it is a
of your work."
Alice Pero, founder of Moonday
poetry reading series
"I am reading Persephone and really loving it. It's a very
Marge Piercy (American poet,
novelist, and social activist), January 3, 2009
"The unique depth, textures and layers of Ms. Lifshin's work
make her one of the premier poets of our time. Persephone is another
affirmation of her talent; a book that will be read, re-read and
re-re-read with new discoveries each time!"
Ted Roberts (American Poet),
Reviewed on Amazon, December 2008
Lyn Lifshin's poetry appears in almost every literary and poetry
magazine, from American Scholar, Christian Science Monitor and Yankee
to Ms., Rolling Stone and Ploughshares. She has edited 4 anthologies
of women's writing including TANGLED VINES (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
now in its second enlarged edition and chosen by Ms., magazine as
one of the 60 best books of the year. Other anthologies she edited
include ARIADNE'S THREAD and LIPS UNSEALED. "The No More Apologizing,
The No More Little Laughing Blues," included in her new book,
BEFORE IT'S LIGHT from Black Sparrow Press, has been called "among
the most impressive documents the women's poetry movement has produced,"
by Alicia Ostriker. "Writing Mint Leaves at Yaddo," a
prose piece, was selected as one of the best pieces of writing about
writing by Writer's Digest and Story magazine.
To read Lyn Lifshin's, Persephone, is to be energized by a flow
of poems which catapult through the book... Natalie Lobe
(read the full review)