By Lyn Lifshin

I think of her up

all night in the studio,

think of the one she

held now brushing out

a brood mare’s tail.

If you don’t feel her

aloneness, don’t feel

how close to the

bone and skin and eyes

you can get and still

feel so alone,

you don’t feel.

Some nights scorch

memory like her

farmhouse burning

down. I’m in my old

house where a dead

love’s hand print

on the gray wall under

layers of paint

still sucks on me.

No matter those ghosts

had a woman at

home, another down

the highway. Too

many go for these men

no one can tame

with their pills and

powder, holding on to

your scent while

beckoning another


Lyn Lifshin has published over 130 books and chapbooks including three from Black Sparrow Press: Cold Comfort, Before It’s Light, and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me. Before Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle, Lifshin published her prize winning book about the short lived beautiful race horse Ruffian, The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. Recent books include Ballroom, All the Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead, All True, Especially The Lies, Light At the End: The Jesus Poems, Katrina, Mirrors, Persphone, Lost In The Fog,  Knife Edge Absinthe: The Tango Poems.  NYQ Books published A Girl Goes into The Woods. Also  just out: For the Roses poems after Joni Mitchell and Hitchcock Hotel from Danse Macabre. The Miracle and Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems from Night Ballet Press. Just released as well: Malala. The Marilyn Poems was just released from Rubber Boots Press. An update to her Gale Research Autobiography is out: Lips, Blues, Blue Lace: On The Outside. Also just out is a dvd of the documentary film about her: Lyn Lifshin: Not Made Of Glass. Just out: Femme Eterna and Moving Through Stained Glass: the Maple Poems. Forthcoming: Degas Little Dancer and Winter Poems from Kind of a Hurricane Press.

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