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Collected Poems

Lynda Hull
Lynda Hull's Collected Poems brings together her three collections—long unavailable—with a new introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa, and allows, for the first time, the full scale of her achievement to be seen. Edited with Hull's husband, David Wojahn, this book contains all the poems Hull published in her lifetime, before her untimely death in 1994.

Collected Poems is the first book in Graywolf's Re/View Series that brings essential books of contemporary American poetry back into print. Each volume—chosen by series editor Mark Doty—is introduced by a poet who brings to the work a passionate admiration. The Re/View Series brings all-but-lost masterworks of recent American poetry into the hands of a new generation of readers.

"Measured experience informs these poems, as Lynda Hull's voice comes alive again and again, line to line and image to image....Because Hull has trouble the waters, her poetry makes us truer to ourselves and those around us. Each image is a beam in a persistent searchlight that penetrates. We will miss her greatly."—Yusef Komunyakaa

"Lyrical and harrowing, Hull suggests a fantasy coupling of Elizabeth Bishop and Lou Reed. . . . Few poets of Lynda Hull's generation posses anything like her lyric gift."—Robert Polito, The Village Voice

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The definitive collection of the poems of Lynda Hull, "perhaps the most intensely lyrical poet of her generation."—Mark Doty

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Lynda  Hull
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Lynda Hull was born on December 5, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey. She received her B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Her books of poetry include The Only World: Poems (HarperPerennial, 1995, edited with a foreword by David Wojahn); Star Ledger: Poems (1991), which won the 1991 Carl Sandburg Award and the 1990 Edwin Ford Piper Award; and Ghost Money (1986), which won the Juniper Prize. Hull served as a Poetry Editor at the journal Crazyhorse. She taught English at Indiana University, De Paul University, and Vermont College. She was the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council; she also received four Pushcart Prizes. David St. John wrote that "of all the poets of my generation, Lynda Hull remains the most heartbreaking, merciful, and consoling." Lynda Hull died in an automobile accident in 1994.
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  • “[Collected Poems] has much to teach us, especially at a time when irony and fantasy are the poetic flavors of choice.”—The Believer
  • “[Hull’s] passion and her power to depict emotional extremes, justifies the high regard in which she is held.”—Publishers Weekly
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