I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Lyn Lifshin’s many collections of poetry include Katrina, Lost Horses, and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. She split her time between New York and Virginia and was the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. She died in 2019.
A submission from Lifshin would often include dozens of poems about a single subject: a relationship, a memory, dancing the tango. (Dance — including ballet and ballroom — was her second great love, after writing.)