Valerie Lynch was born in Hertfordshire, but spent many childhood holidays visiting Dorset relatives, She now lives in a Guildford. After completing a degree at Oxford she worked variously as an archaeologist, a teacher of economics and a psychotherapist, in a long snd varied working life. Now ninety years old, she has been writing poetry all her life and has had poems published by The Rialto and Iota, among other literary journals. "So the Sky" is her first collection: her second was published in June 2019. She is also in the process of completing a novel set in Roman Britain.
62 pages, W15cm x H21cm
127 pages, W15cm x H21cm
"In the Time of Rabbits" is a large collection of Valerie Lynch's poems, many of them developed on the foundation of her first book, "So the Sky". From her earliest memories of childhood and her beloved grandmother in Dorset, to her adult relationships, happy and less so, Valerie maintains her indomitable spirit and her sure poetic voice in this absorbing collection of memories and meditations. This is a book to read and cherish, written by a poet who has decided, late in her busy and creative life, to publish a lifetime's poems.
Emma Lee, Reviews Editor of 'The Blue Nib' online Literary Journal. comments:
'The poems in Valerie Lynch’s In the Time of Rabbits cover a life span from childhood through to old age or, as the title poem suggests, move from “scattered in urgent rushings/ now here, now there” to “The grass was silent and slow/ and the sun/ rarely spoke at all until after mid-day."... In the Time of Rabbits is a hefty collection, built throughout a life of 90 years (so far) and scribbled in gaps between careers in archaeology, history teaching and psychotherapy. It starts in a Dorset childhood and ends looking back from the vantage of old age.'
The whole review is here: https://thebluenib.com/valerie-lynchs-in-the-time-of-rabbits-reviewed
Carla Scarano, reviewing in "London Grip" comments:
'New themes and expanding images and metaphors are explored in Valerie Lynch’s second collection, In the Time of Rabbits. A wider conception of family relationships and identity is developed in recollections from her childhood and adulthood. The narrative concerns a woman’s lineage that goes from her grandmother back in the 1920s to her mother’s girlhood, marriage and relationship with her husband. The crystallised roles of wife and mother are contested in the narrator’s own story which includes break-ups and new lovers. Other themes are investigated such as aging, illness, gender issues, immigrants. The collection includes ekphrastic poetry and ends with a question suggesting that what we have just read is provisional though the aesthetic pleasure the poems prompt is undeniable.... This new collection is not only rich in imageries, it also reveals a widening of Lynch’s poetic and literary horizons both in her prosody and in her perceptions. Considering her age (she is ninety-two), Valerie Lynch is the living proof of the never-ending potential of imagination that creates alternative views, new beginnings and new possibilities.'
Full review in London Grip: https://londongrip.co.uk/2019/08/london-grip-poetry-review-valerie-lynch/
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