The Rusty Truck Presents Lynne Savitt

An Introduction to Lynne Savitt by A.D. Winans

Any seasoned reader of poetry is familiar with the work of Lyn Lifshin. She’s been published in practically every small press magazine around.  Lynne Savitt, on the other hand, doesn’t send out her work unless she is asked.  This is a true loss to anyone who enjoys poetry coming from life experience.

Lynne is in my opinion the queen of sensual poetry, and has a sense of humor second to none.  Reading Lifshin’s poems (always technically competent and most of the time interesting) is like dining at a respected Mom and Pop’s restaurant.  Lynne, on the other hand, is like dining at a gourmet restaurant with a wide range of decadent desserts.  However, her poetry goes much further than the flesh.  I have at times been moved to tears by poems she has written about family and lost lovers and friends.

She is at long last in the process of putting together a book of her Selected Poems.  A book that is anticipated by those who have been blessed with her unique style and personal take on life.

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2 Responses to “The Rusty Truck Presents Lynne Savitt”

  1. “Reading Lifshin’s poems (always technically competent and most of the time interesting) is like dining at a respected Mom and Pop’s restaurant. Lynne, on the other hand, is like dining at a gourmet restaurant with a wide range of decadent desserts.”

    Is it necessary to single out one poet’s (Lyn Lifshin’s) work to use as a not very flattering comparison to another poet’s (Lynne Savitt’s) work as part of an introduction?

    If you just wanted to use another writer named Lynn, why not Loretta Lynn… she’ written over 160 songs?

    In my opinion, this is totally unnecessary and uncalled for. It is especially disappointing coming from a well known, veteran poet such as yourself.

  2. I’d be very interested in a book of Selected Poems.

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