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Lyn Lifshin

About the Poet

Lyn Lifshin has published more than 130 books and chapbooks and has edited four anthologies of women writers. Her work has appeared in most literary and poetry magazines. She has been included in virtually every major anthology. She has given more than 700 readings across the United States and has been Poet in Residence at Rochester, Antioch and Colorado Mountain College.

Winner of the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off, Lyn is the subject of the documentary film, just re-released, Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. She is also the author of Black Sparrow’s Before It’s Light, which won the Paterson Poetry Award; The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness, both published by Texas Review Press, which has also just published, Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle.  

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Spring 2015 Poems ~

The first poet whose
name we know, there
under palm leaves
with her tablet of
lapis lazuli, deep as
her eyes. A true woman
in the shade of the
holy potash plant,
moving like a young
cat. The goddess
of writing, learning,
the harvest. "My king,"
she almost sang,
"something has been
created that no one has
created before." The
light must have had a
tangerine cast to it,
ribbons of sun braiding
with the onyx hair
of Enheduanna, a
shrine in a pure place



I Think of Enheduanna's Words

in the fruit of
date palm trees
just out of reach.
Stone will hold
her words long
after the dates
bloom for ages,
beckon like
the trees in the
scorching summer
wind. They seem,
like her words,


Lyn Lifshin ~


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