Skating With Heather Grace

Skating with Heather Grace

(Alfred A. Knopf: December 1986)

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This book is the first published collection of the great undertaker poet, and is very scarce, especially in the hardcover issue.

Like the poets Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams before him, Thomas Lynch works in the world of real things. Like Stevens, like Williams, Lynch does the kind of work that makes him look at death-week in, week out, year in, year out.  Sking with Heather Grace ssued as part of the prestigious Knopf Poetry Series.


Reviewer: A reader Excellent work of readable honest poetry, June 16, 1997

Thomas Lynch is one of the great poets of our time. "Skating with Heather Grace" made me laugh, cry, think about life... and death... and the time in between. Even...

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, English Dept., Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Library Journal

First book, Lynch speaks directly and boldly, invoking ritual by bringing the reader close to its performance: "Soon as I am able/ I intend to turn/ to gold myself.'' A...

Publisher’s Weekly

This powerful, provocative collection of 42 poems introduces a poet who speaks with authority and eloquence. Often his subjects are commonplace his wife, dog and children, his work and the...

The New York Times

If 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...