By Lyn Lifshin
In her largest, such a lot assorted, collection of poems, a lady is going into The Woods, Lyn Lifshin's intimate, severe, startling poems diversity from adolescent reviews any younger (or now not so younger) lady can establish with, to the curler coaster trip of pain to ecstasy relationships. In her detailed and magical manner she explores the complex, mysterious, ambivalent courting among moms and daughters, that always altering braid of ache and pleasure, of keep an eye on and uprising after which the opposite, because the daughter turns into the mummy and the deaths of phases of the connection proceed. The booklet takes us into the immigrant adventure, the ravages of Auschwitz, to Hiroshima, Vietnam, Iraq and September eleven in addition to common mess ups like Katrina, the 2005 Indonesia tsunami, the japanese tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She we could us into the realm of mad women, Madonnas, dancers and stocks secrets and techniques of poets from Robert Frost, who praised her early poems, to Dylan Thomas and Garcia Lorca. Lifshin provides us moments in Paris, Quebec, the Caribbean and Costa Rico and plunges us into the wonderful thing about Southwestern ruins, quiet New England snowscapes, Midwestern roads with a radio enjoying and detailed moments with horses and cats, summer time lakes and the firefly crammed nights within the city during which she grew up.
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A Girl Goes into the Woods: Selected Poems by Lyn Lifshin