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With The Highwayman’s Wife, Lynnell Edwards’ fierce and brazen poems breathe new life into well-known myths and tales, giving a new, bold voice to characters such as Medusa and Helen of Troy. Equal parts graceful and audacious, Edwards’ poems capture her genuine love of language while maintaining a charming style all their own.

“What a wicked pleasure the poems of Lynnell Edwards are, with their saucy boldness, Their wild feminine bravada, their sly rhyme and clattering consonants. In The Highwayman’s Wife, Edwards reinterprets old myths and legends, twists the old formal
strategies, undomesticates domesticity, mixes drinks, plants dahlias with a pick—axe, and laments and resurrects – “laughing, bitter, bright” – the wench.

—Cecilia Woloch

With this second book of poems, Lynnell Edwards establishes a strong reputation not only as a poet of gargantuan love for life and the world her personas live and breathe, but as a consummate master craftsperson. This is an exuberant, lust-for-life inundated collection that makes for an intoxicating tapestry of voices and landscapes, from California to Kentucky. Her poems show great maturity, elegance, and above all an incredible grace for language and gift of detail. I could not put down this book for fear of stopping her son. To read this book is to fall in love with the world all over again.

—Virgil Suarez


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