Maybe You’ll Try to Grow Vegetables in Your Garden

some grow eggplant,
parsley and mint. Many
gardens have become burial
grounds because there
isn’t room anywhere else
to bury dead bodies after
four years of war. But
if the alternative is starving
to death, you might not mind
eating food that’s been grown
among corpses

Lyn Lifshin has published over 130 books and chapbooks, including 3 from Black Sparrow Press: Cold Comfort, Before It’s Light and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me. Before Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle, Lifshin published her prizewinning book about the short-lived beautiful race horse Ruffian, The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. Recent books include Ballroom, All the Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead: All True, Especially the Lies, Light at the End: The Jesus Poems, Katrina, Mirrors, Persphone, Lost in the Fog, Knife Edge & Absinthe: The Tango Poems. NYQ Books published A Girl Goes into the Woods. Also just out is a DVD of the documentary film about her, Lyn Lifshin: Not Made if Glass. Her website:

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