Bodies in Motion and at Rest
On Metaphor and Mortality
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
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."
Praise For Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality…
— Jay Parini
Lynch shows himself to be a master of the essay…[he] speaks eloquently in the voice of both poet and undertaker.
Lynch writes beautifully and arrestingly about death because he seems to know so much about life.
If the personal essay as a form seems especially vital today, if it seems more congruent than other literary forms to everyday life—and if capturing the everyday life that we find in essays seems more worthwhile than ever before, a challenge befitting a genuine hero of consciousness—Thomas Lynch is one of the first we have to thank.
[Lynch] demonstrates once again his quizzical, gently cantankerous, free-minded Yeatsian charm. As he comments on the big and the small things of life, Mr. Lynch engages the reader with a mixture of poetic and funerary elements, of ephemera and durables both…his voice is rich and generous.
— Richard Bernstein
Lynch has his finger on the bloody pulse of creation, and what makes him such a fine essayist is that it's just the business of everyday life and death to him.
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393321647, 192pp.
Publication Date: June 17, 2001