LYN LIFSHIN, whose Before It's Light won the Paterson Poetry Award, has published more than 100 books of poetry, and her work has appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies. Her new chapbook, Barbie Poems, is out.
"Barbaro proved to be the ultimate hero—he died trying. This book of poems provides a fitting and lyrical tribute to the hero."—Sean Clancy, author of Barbaro, the Horse Who Captured America’s Heart and Saratoga Days
"No one has written about race horses as beautifully and evocatively as Lyn Lifshin has done in this book on the tragic career of Barbaro and in her paean to the immortal Ruffian, The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian. Lifshin has been described by one reviewer as "frighteningly prolific," but, though that is an accurate description to be sure, her prolificacy does not in the least diminish the profundity and charming accessibility of her poems. Lifshin’s observations of the unexpected rise and agonizing fall of Barbaro are acute and charged with empathy. These poems imbue the memory of Barbaro with a heroicism that is exquisite and rare, a quality that is sorely lacking in this modern age of prosaic anxiety and despair."—Joe LaRosa
"I loved this book! Lyn Lifshin’s Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness tells the story of that gallant and tragic champion in words and phrases as soft as a child’s tears. Lyn’s love for the horse that touched so many so deeply is clear. . . . The book made this reader smile, weep and remember the many wonderful aspects of Barbaro’s life. Reading Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness is to once again be reminded of his greatness and his indomitable spirit, how much he touched us, and why we all regret that he wasn’t able to complete his journey."—George Rowand, author of Diary of a Dream
"Lifshin has managed to capture the grandeur and heartbreak of this horse, the equine soul in flight—Beautiful! Just like his name, Barbaro."—Laura Chester