Bodies In Motion And At Rest

Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality

(W.W. Norton & Company: 2001)

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In this collection of essays, Thomas Lynch, hailed by The New York Times as “a cross between Garrison Keillor and William Butler Yeats,”reminds us not only of how we die but also of how we live.

Bodies in Motion and at Rest proves Thomas Lynch to be an essential author in a time when contemporary life encumbers us with constant reminders of change and choice, of millennial endings and beginnings. As it steers us through that existential midway between “Something and Nothingness,” this indispensable book offers an artful and hopeful reflection on time and its treasures, on love and its power, and on birth, death, and, most importantly, what comes in between.  Lynch gives us glimpses of ordinary people and the ways they approach their own mortality. In stories about his close friends, and in discussions of sex and death, love and divorce, language and religion, commercial and spiritual consumerism, Lynch guides his readers effortlessly from the womb to the tomb with an inviting brand of wit and good humor, and with more than a few characteristic nods to the great poetry and literature of the ages.


Lorin Stein, CNN

(SALON) -- Thousands of readers have already fallen under the unlikely spell of Thomas Lynch, an essayist, poet and funeral director in Milford, Mich. Although he has plenty to say...

Boston Sunday Globe Review

"He is able to take us inside the palpable business of blood, tears, and the final verse of life in a manner that is almost shocking in the relief it...

USA Today Review

"Lynch's vivid prose has the electricity of writing that tells us what is going on in the secret places of the community -- and the secret places of the heart."

Los Angeles Times Book Review

"What makes him such a fine essayist is that it's just the business of everyday life and death to him."

Richard Bernstein, New York Times

"Mr. Lynch emerges as a cross between Garrison Keillor and one of the Irish poets; one thinks of William Butler Yeats. ...Forceful, authentic and full of a kind of ethical...

John Ponyicsanyi, Amazon

All 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...