The Barbie Poems
The Barbie Poems, Vol 1
The Barbie Poems, Vol 2
LRB Series #47; 32pp;s/s; $5.00
LRB Series $48; 42pp/s/s; $5.00
by Lyn Lifshin
POB 5301, San Pedro, CA 90733
Lyn Lifshin has more than 100 published books of poetry. She has won
awards for her non-fiction and edited four anthologies of womens
writing. Her poems have appeared internationally, in numerous literary
and poetic magazines, and she is the subject of an award winning documentary
film, Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. Lyn has been well known throughout
the small press and university press world for years.
As observers, we might consider her body of work as a sequence of water
drops covered by an oily sheen that creates a semi-concealed, but unique
pattern. A Rorschach that will not adhere completely until this very talented
poet has added that ever-absent period to indicate a finality to her thought-words.
Lifshin might be compared to the proverbial "corre camino"("it
runs the road"). The roadrunner who can be serious, playful, fearless,
bold, shy, caring, dispassionate, jaunty and curious as leg- thoughts
careen around curves and corners.
"Barbie" became a household name across our nation, but it
took Lyn Lifshin to breathe life, depth, diversity and emotion into Barbies
existence. From "leaflet in the street," to "lack of hormones,"
to Russian cloned Veronika, to phone sex, erotica, porn or Louis Braille,
Barbie, according to Lifshin, "feels her life is like a hotel,"
in Vol.1. Amen! Amen!
In Vol. 2, The Barbie Poems, Barbie "wants to see the world,"
and like S. Dali, "dreams of a torso giving birth," just before
she "hangs out at Port Authority/ in her twirly teaser/mini and six
batons." Barbie can "stalk clothes," or become "pissed
she cant dance," as we continue to be mesmerized by the abrupt
turning spurs of this agile writers mind.
As the clever roadrunner, renamed, snake-eater, war bird and medicine
bird that has evoked popular folklore myths, many contend, "theyve
seen a roadrunner build a cholla corral around a sleeping rattler,"
then, it will "drop a cactus pad on the snake so it will awaken threshing
and impale itself on the ring of thorns." Lifshin can be tenacious
and aggressive as she encircles our minds with a commonsense approach
to the real world while she draws on an endless store of memories and
imaginings laced with feeling, class and style. Experience Lyns
world as the ultimate insider reader. Lifshin skillfully invites us in,
to capture images ranging from misty beaches to sun-dappled landscapes
in her unique blending of warmth, femininity and style in this unabashed
commitment to uninhibited creativity. Enjoy The Barbie Poems 1 & 2!
June 2005 Joyce Metzger
Book Review from Joyce Metzger in Ibbetson