Poetry. "The woman is singing and talking to you and she is urgent. This 'whittled woman / this battered blue fragment' has traveled far, has burst through harsh iterations of time and experience. In searing poems carried from the wreckages of marriage, of trauma-memory, of self-doubt toxic as glue, of once-sacred homes now vanished, McEniry's craft stays steady. Tough cadences and syllabic rigor thread themselves inside magic and enchanting music in a daughter's Sunday meal, a sea floor, a community of poets, and a 'honey-mint whisper / of eucalyptus.' There's more: wit and bite in the short lyrics a la Stevie Smith; and sound-bursts inside the spacious prose poems. Just when we're certain all is revealed of this wise and quirky soul-spirit-traveler, here comes young Eros, intoxicated by a lover's hair and a dove high in a tree where the poet declares: 'I built the foundation of my summer / on her creation.' This debut is a rare gift."—Judith Vollmer
Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in Northern NJ. Lynne is the associate editor for the recently relaunched OVS Magazine and has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal, for which she edited several special issues including, How Women Grieve, Women and the Arts, and Women and Food. Her poems have been published in the Paterson Literary Review, Digging Through the Fat, The Lake Rises Anthology, The Wide Shore, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, 5 AM, Adanna, The Stillwater Review, and others. Some of her poems have been awarded both Honorable Mention, and in 2016, Second Prize, for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Most recently her poem "dried up things" was chosen as the Editor's Choice poem for 2016 by Gessy Alvarez at Digging Through the Fat. Lynne earned her an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaches writing courses and directs the Academic Success Center.
Author City: MORRISTOWN, NJ USA