February 2009

Lyn Lifshin


Lyn Lifshin is the author of The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian (Texas Review Press, 2006) Another Woman Who Looks Like Me (Black Sparrow Press, 2006) at Godine, following Cold Comfort (1997) and Before It's Light (1999) both from Black Sparrow Press. Out recently are Desire and 92 Rapple (Coatlism Press, 2008). She has over 120 books & edited 4 anthologies. Coming soon are Nutley Pond, Persephone, Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness, and Lost in the Fog.

All Afternoon    

we read Lorca
by five snow
blurred the
glass. February. I
leaned against
those chill panes.
burned through the
snow with apples
You in the
other room
I was thinking
don't let
this be some
warmth I can
move near
and never know



White Trees in the Distance    

a white wind of
petals, maybe snow.
The longest I've
been so close to
you on the sheet
of paper. Like your
death, these poems
about you, a wild
surprise. The last
page in the note
book, still I think
I'll need another
notebook before I
can let you go



Lyn Lifshin: Poetry
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