Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 2001 - Literary Collections - 192 pages
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Masterful essays that illuminate not only how we die but also how we live.

Thomas Lynch, poet, funeral director, and author of the highly praised The Undertaking, winner of an American Book Award and finalist for the National Book Award, continues to examine the relations between the "literary and mortuary arts." "Lynch engages the reader with a mixture of poetic and funerary elements....his voice is rich and generous."—Richard Bernstein, New York Times "[W]hat makes him such a fine essayist is that it's just the business of everyday life and death to him."—Los Angeles Times Book Review "Few readers will walk away from this volume less than stunned and grateful."—Jay Parini, author of Benjamin's Crossing "A luminous work of words."—Nicholas Delbanco, author of What Remains
 

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Contents

Bodies in Motion and at Rest
31
Sweeney Revisited
39
Bible Studies
51
Wombs
61
The Bang Whimper and the Boom
81
The Way We Are
95
Notes on A Note on the Rapture to His True Love
117
Decca Dinky Benji Me
125
FuneralsRUs
167
Johnny We Hardly Knew Yow
191
Y2Kat
199
The Big Enchilada
231
The Oak Grove Imbroglio
237
Nora
247
Reno
253
Afterword
269

The Dead Priest
139
Fish Stories
151
The Blindness of Love
161
Time Time Time
271
Notes on Frontispieces
275
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Thomas Lynch's The Undertaking was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Michigan and Ireland.

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