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Description - Walking Papers by Thomas Lynch

The new collection from the author of The Undertaking

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224090063
ISBN-10: 0224090062
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 130mm x 7mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: Yellow Jersey Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Thomas Lynch

Thomas 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. His first collection of stories, Apparition & Other Late Fictions, has recently been published by Jonathan Cape. He lives in Milford, Michigan and in Moveen, West Clare.

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