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Before It's Light

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This collection contains direct, sparse, largely autobiographical poems drawn from childhood, marriage, unsparing love affairs, and the struggle for self-sufficiency after the wreckage of bad relationships.
Paperback, 239 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Black Sparrow Press (first published December 1st 1999)
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Lyn Lifshin, Before It's Light: New Poems (Black Sparrow, 1999)

Lyn Lifshin is one of those poets who just keeps getting better as she gets older. She spent years, it always seemed to me, trying to be a sort of imagist Bukowski; she outgrew that a ways back and rounded into her own style. Her work since has gained a rare and delicate power, and with every passing book, it gets more all-encompassing.

There are few words to say about Lifshin that have not already been said; I'll just let the images
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Lyn Diane Lifshin (1942) is an American poet and teacher.

Born in Barre, VT, she was raised in Middlebury, VT. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Syracuse University and a master's degree in English from the University of Vermont (writing a thesis on Dylan Thomas). She also studied at Brandeis University, the Bread Loaf School of English and attended the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.

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