Monday, January 21, 2013

The Audio Series: Lynn Melnick

Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." is an incredibly special one for us. Hatched in a NYC club during BEA week, this feature requires more work of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.   

Today, Lynn Melnick reads two poems from her debut collection If I Should Say I Have Hope, published by Yes Yes Books.

Click on the Soundcloud link to experience poems from If I Should Say I Have Hope as read by Lynn Melnick.

The word on If I Should Say I Have Hope:

The title of Melnick’s stunning book is a microcosm of the poems within—the uncertainty of If I Should Say followed by the defiance of I Have Hope. Her poems follow moments of unmooredness ("I am best / when I dabble in consciousness and a soundly / spinning room") with blinding insight (“You wouldn’t know happy if it kissed you on the mouth”)—tiptoeing followed by a kick to the head. On the melancholy-go-round of these poems, there’s a swan-seat for sadness but also a tiger called Beauty and a horse called Hope. The unexpected music and syntax of Melnick’s work will make you want to ride/read it again and again.

- Matthea Harvey
*lifted from goodreads with love

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