Shaker House Poems by Lyn Lifshin
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“living like wheels in
a delicate machine
Lifshin’s mastery and influence lie in her poetry’s subtle, deceptively simple and an insidious presence not credited enough in the poems that have followed hers, even up to today. “Shaker House Poems” is a perfectly clipped and broken-open smattering of the observable world, here fixing its discursive eye on the Shaker life and crafts. Using poetry to introduce a culture does a curious thing; despite a sense of looking in from the out, despite the specificity of the work objects, rooms, traditions and textures of this lifestyle, one sees themselves in the poems so instantaneously, it feels like it could be your life. As she writes, reflecting on the shock of her arrival, “[...] their strange clothes, / ways but the / sky was so clear / and I started / seeing things / it’s been 50 years.”
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