Green Hills Literary Lantern




Missing the Longing, More Than The Longed For



missing the electricity,

the ache in  the arc of,

missing what

dissolves, the glint of

tangerine icicles in the

last blaze of light.  I

want to ache for the

press of flesh in tango,

the hypnosis of dark

bark eyes in a slithery

rumba, I'm wild to want

anything, to want hips

and lips I can't.  What

does it matter when

even if we were knocking

back wine in the velvet

of an old parked Chevy

or moving in a slow

bolero into another

world, longing would

be the end, not some

thing about to start.





Lyn Lifshin’s  Another Woman Who Looks Like Me was published by Black Sparrow,  October,  2006. Also out in 2006, her book about the beautiful, short lived racehorse, Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian (Texas Review Press) Other books include Cold Comfort(1997) and  Before it’s Light (winter 1999-2000) both  by Black Sparrow press. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary and poetry magazines and she is the subject of  a documentary film, Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass, available from Women Make Movies. Her web site is