Michael from the Mountains

By Lyn Lifshin

I think of her

wanting to retreat,

stop touring. I

imagine her exhaustion,

think of Edna St

Vincent Millay feeling

like a hooker

going to read. Who

doesn’t get sick of

tour? “Which is the real”

they howl? What’s

true? Who’s the

man in the lyrics and

did he do what

you wrote he did?  I

think of 30 men sure they

were the one in a

certain poem about none

of them. Who would

not want to escape, have

someone wake you

up with sweets

and roses, take you

out in the rain

in a yellow slicker? Who

doesn’t want cats

running when you turn

the key? A sun in

the painting

that smiles?

___

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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