Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.46 X 0.71 X 8.26 inches | 0.54 pounds
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About the Author

Thomas Lynch's poems, essays, and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry and The Paris Review. His book The Undertaking won the American Book Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was made into an Emmy Award-winning PBS Frontline documentary. He lives in Michigan and in Moveen, County Clare, Ireland. Visit


Lynch brings a vast accumulation of life-and-death wisdom to the table, and he makes connections between art and mortality that reverberate in the mind. Few readers will walk away from this volume less than stunned and grateful.--Jay Parini
Lynch shows himself to be a master of the essay...[he] speaks eloquently in the voice of both poet and undertaker.
Lynch writes beautifully and arrestingly about death because he seems to know so much about life.
If the personal essay as a form seems especially vital today, if it seems more congruent than other literary forms to everyday life--and if capturing the everyday life that we find in essays seems more worthwhile than ever before, a challenge befitting a genuine hero of consciousness--Thomas Lynch is one of the first we have to thank.
[Lynch] demonstrates once again his quizzical, gently cantankerous, free-minded Yeatsian charm. As he comments on the big and the small things of life, Mr. Lynch engages the reader with a mixture of poetic and funerary elements, of ephemera and durables both...his voice is rich and generous.--Richard Bernstein
Lynch has his finger on the bloody pulse of creation, and what makes him such a fine essayist is that it's just the business of everyday life and death to him.