In his foreword, J.D. McClatchy speaks of the musical
qualities of Lindsay's work: "It is impossible, reading her poems,
not to hear a musical hand at work. This is not just a matter of
delicacy or virtuosity. It is also a matter of knowing how to
phrase a line... Lindsay moves from detail to trope with utter
poise, with an intuitive sense of what to sustain or emphasize. Her
language is crisp. I can pick a stanza at random... and praise its
plosive energy, its modulated vowels, its variety and elan...
Where She Always Was allows us . . . the rare
gratification of watching a poet--wonderfully accomplished, quietly
persuasive--look back on a lifetime's worth of emotions and
calculate their bearing on the present. In her craft is the
Subjects: Language & Literature
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