Alabama Light & Power Co: The Chalice of Bedlam
Most of the time, as a poet, Lynn Strongin is rather up in the abstract clouds as a poet. Magnificent, but off in the world of decipherable beauty that isn't all that easy to decipher. But here in Alabama Light & Power Co we have a totally different Strongin, accessible, emotional, touching, super-realistic, dealing with her own paralysis, with the world around her, all on an everyday basis so you really get inside the inside of everyone's feelings, pains, exaltations, ecstasies. You can't find anyone else on the writing scene today who can even come close to Strongin's re-creation of reality. A must-read!
--Hugh Fox, retired professor emeritus, Michigan State University; published 120 books; latest novel Depths and Dragons, Skylight Press, London, 2010
How much Lynn Strongin might not have accomplished if she had been dancing all along. Well, she IS a dancer in ways that only the greatest of great dancers have ever matched. But I hope beyond hope that the pain does not become too cruel.
--Jim LeCuyer, short story writer, poet
As my wife went through polio epidemics in Estonia as a baby and still suffers from it (but not in a wheelchair like Lynn) I am aware of the bodily and emotional situation that Lynn Strongin presents.
--Indrek Tart, Estonian literary research fellow
It seems to me Lynn Strongin always sees the "Angel forming between the hammer blows of pain." That is how she lives her life, one foot in the mystical, one foot on earth.
--Maura Lam, reader
Lynn Strongin is any age she wants to be when she writes poems and stories. Carissima lynnuccia/marzocca mia! From her pain there seems to have come a certain ecstasy.
--Anne Ross, reader, translator
186 pages, $14.95
Fiction : Cultural Heritage
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Biography & Autobiography : Regional Subjects - South