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The Sin Eater: A Breviary
Chicago Tribune In "The Sin-Eater," Lynch once again brings together his intricate knowledge of the body and the soul, and the result is a luminous, humane collection that sees religion as a question mark, not a period. THE CRESSETThe Cresset, Michaelmas 2012 (Vol LXXVI, No. 1, pp 18-27)The Mediator Is the MessageSome ...
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Walking Papers: Poems
Mary Plummer, New York Times “A pilgrimage of sorts through growing old and facing death—subjects that caregivers know all too well. [Lynch’s] upfront, unvarnished style is likely to resonate with many who have come face to face with life’s most important questions.”   Sean O'Brien in The Guardian (UK)"The elegiac elements of Walking Papers ...
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Apparation & Late Fictions
Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times"There is such generosity and grace in his work. To read it is to encounter a calm, observant intelligence. He is an original. Of that there is no doubt. His writing is lucid, measured and rich in exact images. Meditative and politely laconic, this is a ...
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Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans
Los Angeles Times Book Review"Lynch has his finger on the bloody pulse of creation, and what makes him such a fine essayist is that it's just the business of everyday life and death to him." New York Times Book Review"Lynch shows himself to be a master of the essay … ...
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Bodies in Motion and At Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality
Amazon.comAll poets who take their jobs seriously spend a good deal of their time pondering death. Few, though, have logged as many hours as Thomas Lynch, who for 25 years has been a funeral director in Milford, Michigan. As might be expected from a writer who performs "daily stations with ...
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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Frontline FRONTLINE's The Undertaking, aired October 30 at 9 pm on PBS.  It enters the world of Thomas Lynch, a writer, poet and undertaker whose family for three generations has cared for both the living and the dead in a small Michigan town. Through the intimate stories of families coming to terms with ...
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Still Life in Milford: Poems
Amazon.com"Still Life in Milford is--perhaps unsurprisingly--haunted by death. Its author, after all, is that most celebrated of poet-undertakers, Thomas Lynch of Milford, Michigan. Evidently poetry and undertaking are felicitous occupations for one obsessed with the larger questions, and Lynch finds abundant material in the vacant eyes of corpses, in the ...
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Grimalkin & Other Poems
The poems in this volume are all concerned, one way or another, with achieving a balance in the face of gravity. Lynch looks for this equilibrium between equal and opposing forces, such as sex and death, and love and grief - all the things that make us mortal and memorable. ...
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Skating with Heather Grace
The New York TimesIF anyone, including the Prime Minister of Japan, still thinks cultural homogeneity something to brag about, he would be wise to catch up on contemporary American poetry. One of the wonderful things about Thomas Lynch's ''Skating With Heather Grace'' is its mix of accents and settings. In his first book of ...
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More Links for Information on Thomas Lynch
Lynch & Sons Funeral DirectorsBeliefnet.comMorgue, Bambi's Mom, Our Town Cover Story: Death, with guest Thomas Lynch PiecesBearing our Burden Honorably - Hospice and HumanityIrish Writers OnlineOakland University - Article by Jeff SamorayWords Made Flesh - A Radio BroadcastMichigan Writers Network - Selected Readings from Michigan State University LibrariesMichigan's Writer Network ...
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