Lynne Thompson Beg No Pardon

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Beg No Pardon

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Winner of the 2007 Perugia Press Prize, Beg No Pardon is extroverted, declarative, jazzy, and vital. This collection commands attention from the first word to the last. Brimming with personality and attitude in the very best sense pride, dignity, and graceful indignation poet Lynne Thompson speaks about the search for legacy, love of legacy, and joy of legacy. The poems depict a progress in which she tries to find, or to create, through birth family and family of choice, through erotic encounters and relationships, through the music and language of her hybrid culture, and through the act of writing itself, a place to feel at home. Beg No Pardon is about the formation of identity from a little-known and complicated beginning, both personally and culturally. At times alarming and sexy, at times sorrowful and bitter, Beg No Pardon describes a vivid world of Afro-Caribbean heritage and late 20th century life.

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Lynne Thompson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, by parents born in the Windward Islands, West Indies. She received her B.A. from Scripps College and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. She currently serves as the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles. An active member of the Los Angeles literary scene and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has been widely published and anthologized.

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In Lynne Thompson's new collection, Beg No Pardon, the poems move from precise reflections on childhood to the rights of passage of young adult years, and then on to all the days of joy and despair, solitude, longing, and self-knowledge that follow in a life richly lived and acutely observed. Thompson is a poet who revels in language, "that house of many pleasures." Like the "one good eye" of her "Unworshipped Woman," this collection delights, "it flash--" --Natasha Trethewey

The poems in Lynne Thompson's Beg No Pardon sing of her Caribbean ancestors, won t be told the can or can't do, have the perfume of sin bleeding from their fingertips. These poems drip from lips the color of peril. Here is a deep ode to blackness, an incantatory chant from a deep well full of mythic missives. Read this book. --Tony Barnstone

The poems in Lynne Thompson's Beg No Pardon sing of her Caribbean ancestors, won t be told the can or can't do, have the perfume of sin bleeding from their fingertips. These poems drip from lips the color of peril. Here is a deep ode to blackness, an incantatory chant from a deep well full of mythic missives. Read this book. --Tony Barnstone

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