I Think of Her As Amelia

By Lyn Lifshin

driving into blackness alone,

daring and driven,

leaving vapor trails.

On the run–

you can’t tell if it is

toward or away from

what could hold her.

Alone with her

own thoughts, a comfort,

an ice pick. Hexagons

of what she’s

flung from trailing

like hieroglyphs. No one

can read her. Wild

flying engines sing a song

so wild and blue it

blurs the night. No one

can really tell her

where to go

and she’ll never know

until she gets there.

Her hand on the wheel

wishing who knows who was

there beside her. Is she

daydreaming Icarus?

half wishing the sky or

sea would gulp her?


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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