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by LYN LIFSHIN
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a sting, a jab
the knife makes on
skin. Scalpel any
thing with a blade
to move deeper
than any touch.
You jump back
from mortality, a
shriek, your mouth
in the shape of
an O, a hole
with a bit of your
finger in it so when
you want to say
something that
might touch
in the ice of night,
you fall into it



   
   

 

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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, One More Night appears in the Halloween 2015 issue, The Ice Maiden Mummy's 78th SOS appears in the Winter 2016 issue, Smoothing Out My Sister appears in the Spring 2016 issue of HelloHorror, and Terror appears in the Autumn 2016 issue of HelloHorror.



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