Does It Again!
better and better! In "Before It's Light", she surpasses
further. This large collection of poems is a large
slice of a large
life. The poems cover a range of experience and
innocence to ecstasy to horror of the human condition.
Lifshin is an
American genius. Read this book!
Lifshin's latest book of poems, I felt as if I'd lived
a thousand years
and travelled a million miles. The gamut of human
experience covered in "Before It's Light" runs from the
innocence of childhood
through the slings and arrows of maturity,
and unveils almost everthing, divine or evil, that
can possibly happen
in a human life. Lifshin weaves an enchanted
fabric from a stark realist's thread of narrative.
A "Must Read."
I had seen Lyn
Lifshin's name on the Internet. I had read some
of her poems but
I was not that familiar with her work. When I was
asked to review Before It's Light I was hesitant to accept
the offer. I am
very glad that I did. I felt like she was writing about
my life, my soul.
In her poem, "Hair,"she writes, "hated twisting
it, twisting myself
into what was neat, small and expected."
- John Birkbeck
from Iowa City, Iowa
She writes the
raging thoughts of many women. The thoughts we
deny, the thoughts that are not so pretty and nice but none
the less part
of us. She exposes the strength and vulnerabilities
shared by woman.
Reading her poetry brings you face to face with
your feelings and your own experiences. They become
tangible and you
embrace them. This book is not "neat, small and
expected." It is as big as life, as true as life and filled with
about the messy imperfections of human nature.
Before It's Light
is a book that should be added to everyone's bookshelf.
I recommend buying this book.
...made of flesh
- Laura Chester
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