Frannie Lindsay Lamb

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Lamb

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Winner of the 2006 Perugia Press Prize, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Lamb will take your breath away. With electric imagery, Frannie Lindsay writes about the devotion that binds together a family in pain. When love is uncertain, how does caretaking erode? How does it continue? Each poem in Lamb is a small quest for a right answer, and for a reconciliation between the speaker and her mother and father, and within her body. Ellen Bass calls these poems “hymns of praise for the love we are able to wrest from our flawed lives.” Throughout the poems, animals serve as expressions of vulnerability and mortality; they are “hapless objects” whose unconditional loyalty, free of familial obligation, teaches the necessary lessons about tenderness and atonement. By caring for animals and then her aging parents, the speaker ultimately releases herself, stepping away from the power her parents hold over her: not in forgiveness, but in a solemn declaration of freedom. Lamb is a deft and memorable portrait of girlhood and aging.

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Frannie Lindsay’'s first book of poems, Where She Always Was, was selected by J. D. McClatchy as the 2004 recipient of the May Swenson Award. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is also a classical pianist. Lindsay lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her retired greyhounds.

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While there is little that is sensational about Lindsay's writing, the poems aren't starved of complexity.... The language seems swept clear of pain like the precise incision of a surgeon who knows her patient is anesthetized.... [But] what is complex enough for any reader is that Lindsay's 'self' is not anesthetized; she wouldn't be writing poems of such situational heft if she were. --The Southeast Review

The wounded children and animals, the wounded and sometimes wounding elders, can't (perhaps) thank Frannie Lindsay for these beautiful and original poems, subtle, tender, and of the spirit but we, her readers, thank her. --Jean Valentine

With deft understatement, Lindsay interrogates the wounds of the past, and transforms personal history into new insight, forgiveness, and healing. --Chase Twichell

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