Walking PapersAuthor: Thomas LynchPublisher: Vintage PublishingCategory: Poetry By Individual PoetsBook Format: Paperback
If life is pilgrimage, Walking Papers are the pages - the notes on the journey, news of the world, letters of introduction and dismissal - found in one's breast-pocket amongst one's effects. And Thomas Lynch, the celebrated poet-undertaker is our guide through a world that's painfully aware of its own mortality; as he says in the powerfully moving title poem- 'Listen - /something's going to get you in the end./The numbers are fairly convincing on this,/hovering, as they do, around a hundred/percent.We die.And more's the pity.'In this, his fourth collection of poems - his first in the new century - Lynch attends to the flora and fauna and fellow pilgrims- dead poets and living masters, a former president and his factotums, a sin-eater and inseminator. Faux-bardic and mock-epic, deft at lament and lampoon, accusation and dispensation, fete and feint, Lynch's poems are powerful medicines, tonics for the long haul and home-going-I say clean your plate and say your prayers,go out for a long walk after supperand listen for the voice that sounds like youtalking to yourself, you know the one-contrapuntal, measured to footfall, trueto your own metabolism.Listen --inspiration, expiration, it's all the same,the sigh of creation and its ceasing --whatever's going to happen's going to happen.
About Thomas LynchThomas Lynch's poems, essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, Harper's and the Times (of London, New York, Ireland and L.A.) and elsewhere. He has published four poetry collections and a collection of stories, Apparition & Other Late Fictions (published by Jonathan Cape), as well as works of non-fiction, including The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. He lives in Milford, Michigan and in Moveen, West Clare.
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