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Starred Review. By the time of her 1994 death, Hull, then 40, had already inspired a sect of admirers; her third and best book, the posthumous The Only World (1995), made sure the admiration would last. A teen runaway from Newark who struggled with heroin during the 1970s, Hull tried to mix the late-Romantic fire of Hart Crane, realist detail and the seductiveness of jazz. Hull painted her natal city as "just one big hockshop" with its grilled storefronts amid "intangible empires of fear and regret, sudden/ crests of tenderness," while a tribute to doomed trumpeter Chet Baker asked, "Why court the brink & then step back?" Hull's earlier verse examines her parents' troubled lives and their East European immigrant heritage; later, wilder, better poems confront her own rough past, a "dizzy trip through the ripped underside of things." The seven-part "Suite for Emily" remembers a girl Hull knew, now dead from AIDS, on Newark's "carnivorous streets," contrasting the friend of her youth to Emily Dickinson; a Prague verse travelogue offers praise "for/ everything damned, for everything human & lovely." Hull may not have discovered a whole new style, but her passion, and her power to depict emotional extremes, justifies the high regard in which she is held. (Nov.)
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“Measured experience informs these poems, as Lynda Hull's voice comes alive again and again, line to line and image to image . . . We will miss her greatly.” ―Yusef Komunyakaa
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  • Series: Re/View
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press; First Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555974570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555974572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By R. A. McCranie on August 16, 2007
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I had the honor of being a student of Lynda's in 1992 while attending Vermont College. I'm thrilled to see her poetry being published in this collection. She was a gifted teacher who never expected more or less of her students than she expected of herself. I'll always be thankful for her encouragement, her realism, and her vibrant, beautiful words.
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Lynda Hull's Collected Poems is a must for any modern poetry reader's library. Her poem, "Black Mare" is a necessity. Born of a bilingual sensibility, the poem reads of a Baudelairean sensitivity, an overall success!

The magnitude of "Black Mare's" significance might be lost on the contemporary reader. Its French sensitivity and reach is a bridge spanning Time and Love. In my estimation it is an overlooked and highly significant poem, it is but one of many in this volume of three books. "Orinthology" is a jazz listener's favorite, with its homage to Charlie "Bird" Parker and the syncopated beat. Required reading...

And the music... Baudelaire in the preface to his little poems in prose spoke of the need for a modern poetry not dependent on rhyme to create a new music of language for poetry. I know of no better practitioner in the English language who understood this need and filled it than Lynda Hull. Wonderful!

Allen Hagar
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I've rarely read poets who write lengthy poems that can captivate me the way Linda Hull does. The stories within these lines are not just captivating and written with strength, but with a haunting that stays with the reader.
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Graywolf Press has an established and respected reputation for publishing consistently impressive poets. Their latest title showcases the collected verse of Lynda Hull (author of 'Ghost Money', 'Star Ledger', 'The Only World', and who was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry). This definitive collection of the poetry of Lynda Hull is part of the 'Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series' and serves to introduce a whole new generation of readers to the indelible and memorable verse of Lynda Hull (1954-1994) and constitutes a fitting memorial to a truly gifted poet. 'At Thirty': Whole years I knew only nights: Automats/& damp streets, the Lower East Side steep//with narrow rooms where sleepers turn beneath/alien skies. I ran when doorways spoke//rife with smoke & zippers. But it was only the heart's/racketing flywheel stuttering I want, I want//until exhaustion, until I was a guest in the yoke/of my body by the last margin of land where the river//mingles with the sea & far off daylight whitens,/a rending & yielding I must kneel before, as//barges loose glittering mineral freight/& behind me facades gleam with pigeons//folding iridescent wings. Their voices echo/in my voice naming what is lost, what remains.
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