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  Table of contents Issue Twenty-two WHEN YOU SAID YOU FIXED THE CAT FIXED ME


made her funnier, fatter,

more friendly, how I was

just tapping on an old

IBM perched over my

desk or a bar stool when

you got me high tech

and a lower chair. So

now I can't imagine not

having E Mail, a web

site, a way to copy and

paste as if I could

move pieces of panic

back and forth, delete or

redo what is. I think of

Free Willey, caught

and going around now

in circles. No one

knows if he still speaks

killer whale, if he could

even catch a minnow

after the life he’s

led 17 years, exactly

as long as I’ve known

you. I think of your

valve that isn't

working, the terror

in everything pounding

in me as Willy probably

would feel if some

juvenile delinquent came

up behind him, or what

he'd do for play, so

used to his keepers bringing

him dried fish and making

him swim to get it. Now

free, he must feel

so abandoned




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 website:: 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

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