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Still Life in Milford

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by Thomas Lynch

In “Still Life In Milford,” Thomas Lynch tenders poems on life and death, history and memory, the local and the larger geographies. From Latin wellsprings in Gregorian hymns, through inherited idioms of West Clare and meditations in a London park, to the plain-chants of middle America, Lynch follows the forces of language. The ordinary artifacts of daily life and common speech are assembled into poems of uncommon elegance and grace. Colloquy and narrative, soliloquy and tribute: “Still Life In Milford” engages the full register of the poet's voices — as elegist, witness, obituarist, straight-man and passerby — to achieve a disturbing and instructive harmony.

About The Author:

Thomas Lynch is a funeral director in Milford, Michigan, where he also resides. He is the author of “Skating With Heather Grace,” “Grimalkin And Other Poems” and his nonfiction book, “The Undertaking: Life Studies From The Dismal Trade.” His poems and essays have appeared in Harper’s, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, the Paris Review and other periodicals.


  • Binding: Hardbound
  • Size: 5" x 8"
  • Pages: 200
  • Illustrations: Frontispiece photographs


“Like only the best poets of our time, Thomas Lynch writes necessary poems. In ‘Still Life In Milford,’ he brings to hand a book that reads like a life's work and the work of a life that has at once fulfilled its promise and promises to go on telling ‘the news of the world’ for the length of the journey.”
— Michael Heffernan

“I've sinned with my mouth and loved the sounds it makes,' says Thomas Lynch. He must be an accomplished and dedicated sinner, then, because the poems in ‘Still Life In Milford’ sing many wonderful tunes with great verve. Lynch loves the sounds of the human voice, his own and others, and takes such joy in the singing that the pleasure must be illicit. Must be — because it's so good.”
— Andrew Hudgins

“Through its sonic elegance and wry wisdom, ‘Still Life In Milford’ testifies to the durable music of the otherworldly within the everyday. Thomas Lynch, a canny disciple of the nonelite, speaks against the spirit's extinguishment in the face of sorrow. His beautifully wrought verse sings the folkways of place and people in cadences that linger long after the tale is told, the book closed. Whether he's moving us to tears or laughter, telling stories or hitting the high lyric notes, Lynch is an uncompromising and deeply engaging poet.”
— Alice Fulton

Table of Contents:

  • Art History, Chicago
  • Attende Domine
  • Vigil
  • Pange Lingua
  • Late April
  • Inviolata
  • Green Bananas
  • Panis Angelicus
  • No Prisoners
  • O Gloriosa Virginum
  • Month’s Mind
  • Parce Domine
  • Casablanca
  • Veni Creator Spiritus
  • Rhododendrons
  • Adoro Te Devote
  • Kisses
  • In Paradisum
  • The Hammock
  • Liberty
  • Argyle's Ejaculations
  • Argyle in Carrigaholt
  • Argyle's Retreat
  • Argyle's Dream of the Churchdove
  • Argyle's Return to the Holy Island
  • The Moveen Notebook
  • An Evening Walk to the Sea by Friesians
  • Bishop's Island
  • Report from Ballylee to the Dead Master
  • Byzance
  • Aisling
  • Mayarta
  • Rentals Ledger
  • The Old Operating Theatre, London, All Souls Night
  • St. James’ Park Epistle
  • A Rhetoric upon Brother Michael’s Rhetoric Upon the Window
  • Loneliest Of Trees, The Winter Oak
  • One Of Jack’s
  • Life As We Knew It
  • Bells and Whistles
  • Heavenward
  • West Highland
  • November
  • Tongue and Groove
  • She Instructs the Brethren on the Laws of Love
  • The Lives of Women
  • That Scream If You Ever Heard It
  • Nuptials
  • The Riddance
  • Tommy
  • Russ
  • There There
  • Antilles
  • These Things Happen in the Lives of Women
  • Grimalkin
  • How It's Done Here
  • Lambs for the Day of Burial
  • At The Opening Of Oak Grove Cemetery Bridge
  • The Nines
  • Maura
  • In the Garden
  • Bird Fishing
  • Aubade
  • Local Obits
  • Couplets
  • Still Life in Milford — Oil on Canvas by Lester Johnson