Lyn Lifshin

When I Think of those Doves

those pale shapes,
still, not brash as
jays or flashy but
eating what
the other birds
leave behind,
crumbs, a few
drops of water.
When I think of
July vanishing,
how I haven’t
checked the death
anniversary for
my mother’s
August death,
how the news
seems too much,
I look for the dove,
I think how like
this small shape
my friend with so
much nightmare
to deal with seems
who finds joy
in a few small

Lyn Lifshin’s Another Woman Who Looks Like Me was published by Black Sparrow.  It was selected for the 2007 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize. Also out in 2006 is her prize winning book about the famous, short lived beautiful race horse, Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian from Texas Review Press. Lifshin’s other recent books include Before it’s Light published winter 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow press, following their publication of Cold Comfort in 1997.  Just out are Desire from Word Parade and 92 Rapple from Coatism.  For other books, bio, photographs see her web site: