Notes, Reviews & Interviews

Review Index
Interview Index

Review Index

Review of Femme Eterna by April Salzano
Review of Femme Eterna by Karen Bowles
Syracuse University Review of Lyn Lifshin
Review of Malala by  Christina Zawadiwsky
Review of A Girl Goes Into the Woods by Victor Schwartzman
Review of Laura Chester's Riding Barranca by Lyn Lifshin
Review of Lyn Lifshin by Pirene's Fountain on website or view as PDF
Review of Hitchcock Hotel by Victor Schwartzman
Reviews of Knife Edge and Absinthe; The Tango Poems

Review of Ballroom by Leigh Harrison
New York Times Tribute to Lyfshin Movie "Not Made of Glass" Dec. 31, 2011
Review of All the Poets Who Have Touched Me by Alice Pero
Review of All the Poets Who Have Touched me by Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom
Review of All the Poets Who Have Touched Me by Cindy Hochman
Review of Ballroom by William Page

Review of Ballroom by Victor Schwartzman - text version
Review of Ballroom by Victor Schwartzman from Target Audience Mag- pdf
Review of Ballroom by Alice Pero
Short Reviews of All the Poets Who Have Touched Me All True Even the Lies
Review of Ballroom by Irene Koronas
Review of Ballroom by Jack Saunders
Review of Barbaro by Hugh Fox
Review of Barbaro by Belinda Subraman
Review of Lost Horses by Barbara Bialick
Letter from a fan in Poland, December, 2008
Review of Light at the End, The Jesus Poems by Ted Roberts
Review of Light at the End, The Jesus Poems by Irene Koronas
Review of Light at the End by Eric Greinke
Review of Persephone by Natalie Lobe
Review of Persephone by Doug Holder
Review of Persephone by Janice Moore Fuller
Review of 92 Rapple Drive by Joe La Rosa
Review of 92 Rapple Drive by Norman J. Olson
Review of Nutley Pond by Laura Boss
Review of 92 Rapple Drive by Hugh Fox
Review of Nutley Pond by Hugh Fox
Link to audio of "The Poet & the Poem" with 4 women poets: becker, egan, lifshin, wormwood.
Michael Hathaway from Chiron Magazine
Review of 92 Rapple Drive by Alice Pero
Review of 92 Rapple Drive by Mary Kennedy Eastham
Review of August Wind by John Birkbeck
Review of Another Woman Who Looks Like Me by Eric Greinke
Review of Another Woman Who Looks Like Me by Laura Stamps
Review of Another Woman Who Looks Like Me by Tony Moffeit
Review of Another Woman who Looks Like Me by Doug Holder
Review of Another Woman who Looks Like Me by John Birkbeck
Review of Another Woman who Looks Like Me by Therese Broderick
Review of The Licorice Daughter by Leopold McGinnis
Review of The Licorice Daughter by Miles Bell
Review of The Licorice Daughter by Lo Galluccio
Review of The Licorice Daughter by Dale Austin
Review of The Licorice Daughter by Linda Hopkins
Joyce Metzger review of The Barbie Poems
Laura Stamps' review of When a Cat Dies
Review of Lyn Lifshin by RC Travis for WC Ltd Industry Newsletter for Poetry
before it's LIGHT
Cold Comfort
Not Made of Glass
Amazon.com Reviews
Doug Holder Review
Kay Day Review
Kitty Litter web site
Christine Reed on Moondance
R.C. Travis Review
Small Press Review, May-June 2000 Issue
Hugh Fox review of Before it's LIGHT
Tony Moffeit review of Before it's LIGHT
Len Fulton Review of Cold Comfort —Small Press Review Oct-Nov 1997
Poetry Life and Times
Lucid Moon Review of Cold Comfort and Before it's Light
Laura Stamps review of before it's Light
The Vincent Brothers Review
Kay Day article: Poetry Dynamo Lyn Lifshin, on suite101.com (also, archived as PDF)
Review Excerpts

Interview Index:

newInterview with Nathan Leslie for Word Riot
newinterview by South Florida Poetry review
newInterview with forgejournal.com
Interview with Andrew Lundwall for Tin Lustre Mobile
Piggpenn interview
Interview by Cindy Hochman for Clockwise Cats
Podcast of interview with Lyn Lifshin on Jane Crown Show, May 19, 2009
Interview with Tiger's Eye, Sept 23, 2003
Dancer with a Pen: An Interview With Lark Vernon Timmons
The Damned Interviews interview of Lyn Lifshin 12/2012 — view as PDF.
An e-interview with Helen Luo
Lyn answers questions of students at Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) on October 10th, 2011
An Interview with Untitled Country Review for issue 5, and featured poems

An Interview with Emily Vogel, Ragazine.cc, April 2011 and as PDF
Interview with Melusine, or Women in the 21st Century
Interview: How Ruffian carried me through
Another general interview
Interview with Gloomcupboard blog, May 2008
An Interview With Lyn Lifshin by Stewart Grant and Lawrence Gladeview
An interview (podcast) with Brenda Subraman
Article on Ruffian book from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Dec 27, 2005
February 2004 interview by Alice Pero, the Co Host Moonday on Montana, in Southern California Poetix, and PDF version
Babel Magazine Review in four parts
Andrew Lundwall Interview for The Tin Lustre Mobile
Doug Holder Interview
The Washington Post
RainDog Interview
Interview for "Bear", March, 1999
Cheryl Townsend
Tina Hess Interview, 2002
Laura Stamps Interview, 2003
Interview by David Herrle - editor SubtleTea

If you know of other reviews of Lyn's work you'd like to see here, write the webmaster.

Excepts and Notes:

from Michael Hathaway of Chiron Magazine

At our Poetry Rendezvous in 1989, Lyn gave the best poetry performance I've ever seen. She has a rare gift in that her poetry on the page lives up to the performance.

Michael Hathaway

"Here she is! Might as well stop fighting it. Lifshin is not going to go away. For men, she's sexy. For women she's an archetype of gutsy independence. As a poet, she's nobody but herself. Frightening prolific and utterly intense. One of a kind."— San Francisco Review of Books

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.

The award-winning documentary film, "Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass," was called "an extraordinary profile of a unique feminist," by Booklist and Mary McCarthy declared, "for it's passionate defense of poetry and the written word...should be required viewing in every school in America." Her work has been included in virtually every major anthology of recent writing by women including, recently, DICK FOR A DAY, UNSETTLING AMERICA, LEGACIES, MOTHER SONGS, HER FACE IN THE MIRROR, POETS AT WORK, NEW TO NORTH AMERICA, THE HOLOCAUST, IDENTITY LESSONS.

COLD COMFORT, Lifshin's more recent work from Black Sparrow, has been called "a wonderful work...you can not escape the emotion that falls from these poems" by (Articulate Contemporary Art Review.) "The most published poet in the world today, Lifshin shows here (in COLD COMFORT) what many literary magazine editors have known for decades: she's a poet of substance, range and invention." (Small Press Review) Other recent books by Lifshin include BLUE TATTOO, MARILYN MONROE, and NOT MADE OF GLASS. Writers as diverse as Robert Frost, Ken Kesey, Richard Eberhart, and Ed Sanders have praised her work.

Her intense poems reflect a range of emotions and subjects and touch readers because they suddenly realize that feelings they previously thought to be theirs alone are shared. Winner of many awards including a Bread Loaf Fellowship, The Jack Kerouac Award and New York State Caps Grant, she gives readings, talks and workshops, often based on the books she has edited or exhibits in museums, around the country and has been poet in residence at many colleges, libraries and centers.

"...as always, Lifshin's poetry trawls deep waters of submerged passion beneath the surface of everyday life, coming up with a teeming, glistening catch..."

"Magnificently crafted poems, terse as needlework"
The 1997 Black Sparrow publication of Lyn Lifshin's selected poems, Cold Comfort, brought to national attention, as Small Press reviewer Len Fulton put it, "a poet of substance, range and invention," one who "everywhere roots for that stripped piece of a life - usually her own-that yields the bare emotional atom."

The direct, spare, largely autobiographical poems in this generous new collection evoke memories of an unlovely girlhood ("longing to be what every man/ would take the gum out of his mouth to whistle for"); a stormy marriage ("each separation I lost/ 10 pounds"); self-unsparing love affairs ("we were/ like drunks, dying/ a little more/ every time"); the pain of losing a mother ("holding her while/ she moans my hands are/ cold, my hair a whip"). The struggle to regain self-sufficiency after bad relationships ("some of/ us need to regrow claws, survive/ on prey, give up safeness").

In poems exploring "the delights and pains of human relationships..as shrewd as they are poignant" (Bill Katz, Library Journal) these poems are intense, startling, playful and often surprising and humorous. Well known for her love poems and mother and daughter poems, erotica and for her poems written in the masks of Barbie, mad girls, Marilyn, Vietnam veterans and Holocaust survivors, this collection contains many new never published poems. What has been called her "unfailing poetic eye and consummate lyrical skill" is clearly evident in this collection, as well as the musicality of her poems that "come on like a stack of Cannonball Adderly records - blowing cool, blowing hot, sometimes lyrical and sweet, sometimes hard bop, terse and touch." (December magazine) From her poems of place that "evoke in fantasy, but with a lot of anthropological detail..."(New York Book Review) to poems that "flash into emotional significance in (her) inimitable way" (Ms. Magazine) "Lyn Lifshin wakes them up." (The Washington Post)

I have been infatuated with you from the first "lyn lifshin" poem I read--in an anthology called Psyche. So fresh, so funny, so sexy. It was like wandering the labyrinth of Crete and finding a lightbulb hanging at the end of a drop cord from an outlet in the ceiling. Before that, I'd been reading Louis Simpson and TS Eliot and Yeats to the point of memorizing them. Putting out these two books has meant a great deal to me. - A Reader (the two books referred to are BALLROOM and  A NEW FILM ABOUT THE WOMAN IN LOVE WITH THE DEAD. ed.)