by Kathleen Lynch

Black Zinnias Book Award Winner


"What a pleasure to spend the spring and summer reading poetry manuscripts, having been given the privilege of selecting one for publication in the new Black Zinnias poetry series. Looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack, Kathleen Lynch made my task easy, and once found, the needle fit perfectly in my hand. All I had to do was thread my breath through the eye of the needle and read, line by line, stitching the details and nuances of life. And isn't that the surprising truth of poetry? That reading a book like Hinge proves that what is rare and hard to find is worth the search and utterly necessary."
—Richard Jones, 2004 Judge, editor of Poetry East and author of five books of poetry including his new and selected poems in The Blessing (Copper Canyon Press, 2000).

"Fierce. Uncompromising. Warm. Wry. Kathleen Lynch's voice is all these things, aswell assure and reassuring. Lynch's poems are bold in their range, and fiercely honest in their observations. Her poems have such clarity that we feel we've entered a world utterly new,yet utterly familiar. The hallmark of her gifts is her ability to make the ordinary reveal itself to us in extraordinary ways. Only a poet of her grace, intelligence, and technical skill could allow us to pass so easily from the mundane to the miracles it contains, reminding us that the 'hinge between worlds' is always there before us. In Lynch's hands, it opens again and again." —Lynne Knight, author of Dissolving Borders (Quarterly Review of Literature Prize, 1996), Snow Effects, Clearing Acanthus, and The Book of Common Betrayals (Bear Star Press Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, 2002).

"Robert Frost once said that if a poem has outer seriousness he liked it to have inner humor. If outer humor, then inner seriousness. Kathleen Lynch's poems exemplify Frost's predilection. She's a poet of both gravity and charm, continually fascinated with the vagaries of what it means to be alive. I'm an unabashed Kathleen Lynch fan. She even knows how to make sadness lively. Those of you in search ofserious pleasures, buy this book." —Stephen Dunn, author of over ten books of poetry, including Loosestrife: New and Selected Poems, 1974-1994; Landscape at the End of the Century; and Between Angels. His collection Different Hours won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

"Kathleen Lynch’s lithe and luminous poems provide a gateway between the shimmer of language and the representation of a world that is both familiar and deeply strange. It is a world invented from as well as constructed by memory where one encounters the contingencies of existence as they impinge upon ordinary moments—moments when one least expects to encounter the otherness of one’s own self. In these poems, which are not quite self-portraits, the self is a kind of metaphor always in flux. Each poem in the collection offers one more small revelation; a partial testimony to the odd fabric of any life that only becomes comprehensible through the words out of which one makes oneself." —Alan Soldofsky, author of two collections of poetry, Kenora Station and Staying Home, both originally published as limited edition artist's books by Steam Press of Berkeley, intaglio prints by Lyman Piersma.

"As I read Kathleen Lynch's first full collection I had to remind myself again and again that poems as original, as perceptive, as moving as "Chicken in the Snow," "Decades," "Weather" and dozens of others are yet to become contemporary classics widely disseminated and read with joy by the ever-increasing fellowship that yearns for news only the best poetry can deliver. The wonders of Lynch's book begin with her invitational title: Hinge. Open the door. Walk in. Stay as long as you like. Return again and again. Poetry lives by love. I love every poem in this book." —David Alpaugh, author ofCounterpoint, (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press), The Edge, Slow Burn for Ozymandias, and The Greatest Hits of David Alpaugh (Pudding House Publications invitational series). He is founder and editor of Small Poetry Press.

/hinge/lynch_k_200x300_web.jpgAbout the Author
Kathleen Lynch’s collection How to Build an Owl won the Select Poet Seri
es award from Small Poetry Press. No Spring Chicken won the White Eagle Coffee Store Press Award. Small Poetry Press published her Alterations of Rising in its Select Poet Series. Pudding House Publications released Kathleen Lynch - Greatest Hits in its invitational series in 2002. Her poems have been anthologized and appear in many journals, including Poetry, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, Chariton Review, The Laurel Review, Carquinez Poetry Review, Runes, Poetry Northwest, The Midwest Quarterly, Slipstream, Sycamore Review and Quarterly West. Among her awards, she received the Spoon River Poetry Review Editor’s Choice Award, the Salt Hill Poetry Award, and the Two Rivers Review Prize. Lynch has also published fiction, essays, and B&W art photographs, and works as a clay sculptor. She lives in Sacramento, California.

(Hinge cover painting: "Beyond the Milky Way," by Gloria Sanchez Jackson; Cover design by Jessica Duttlinger.)


Buy the Book
To purchase a copy of Hinge, please mail a check or money order to California Institute of Arts and Letters
(535 Pierce Street, #1200, Albany, CA 94706) for $15.95 plus $4 for shipping (CA residents add 8.5% sales tax). You may also buy the book online by clicking on the link below. Thank you for your order!

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