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by LYN LIFSHIN
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Don’t believe what you
read in the signs near
my upturned face about
my being a sacrifice but
probably dead before I
was buried in snow.
All that is true is that,
yes, it was before the
Industrial Revolution.
There were no phones.
We passed no waterfalls
on the way up the hill.
Or if there were, I
didn’t see them. After
they slashed my skull,
there were no ghosts to
keep me company but
moonlight, no chit chat,
no lilac wind. No wine
dark lips moving over
me. The darkening
vowels were my dream
of an ocean, the leaves
brushing a last sentence
south until they sounded
like the sea or the moth
I was merging with fire



   
   

 

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Lyn Lifshin's Another Woman Who Looks Like Me was published by Black Sparrow at David Godine October, 2006. (Also out in 2006, her prize winning book about the famous, short lived beautiful race horse, Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian from Texas Review Press. Lifshin’s other books include Before it’s Light published winter 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow press, following their publication of Cold Comfort in 1997 and 92 Rapple from Coatism.: Lost in the Fog and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness and Light at the End, the Jesus Poems, Katrina, Ballet Madonnas, Light at the End, Tsunami as History, Lost horse, Drifting, Mirrors. For other books, bio, photographs see her web site:: www.lynlifshin.com Persephone was published by Red Hen and Texas Review published Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. Most recent books: Ballroom, All the Poets (Mostly) Who Have Touched me, Living and Dead. All True, Especially the Lies. Recently out, Knife Edge & Absinthe: The Tango Poems. Just out October 1, 2013, NYQ Books published A Girl Goes into The Woods. And also out in November 2013 Tangled as the Alphabet: The Istanbul Poems. Also recently out: For the Roses poems after Joni Mitchell. Just published Hitchcock Hotel. Also forthcoming: Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle; Malala,AND JUST OUT: The Tangled Alphabet: Istanbul Poems and Luminous women: Eneduanna, Scheherazade and Nefertiti and an E book of Marilyn Monroe from Rubber Boots Press and a dvd of the film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. Also forthcoming: 2002-2013 update to Gale Research autobiography series, Lips, Blues, Blue lace: On the Outside. www.lynlifshin.com Lyn's poem The Jesuit is Writing Around appears in the December 2013 issue of HelloHorror and her poems Kiss, Baby, The New Film and Players Become Protagonists, Observers Become Observed appear in the February 2014 and Winter 2015 issues. Lyn's The Black Angel appears in the Spring 2015 issue. After A Night Of No Sleep appears in the Summer 2015 issue. And One More Night appears in the Halloween 2015 issue.



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