Library of Congress 2002112554
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"Each poem is a tribute to the thing itself, caught in a moment of
time and introspection blended with her artist’s eye for color,
light, texture (the heft of a pink stone in the palm of her hand), and
tone. Moreover, each poem is itself a chord of memory with a place in
the whole, for this work comprises a journey of an artistic sensibility
moving between awe, fear and joy -- all woven by the sophisticated interplay
of word and sound through the alembic of memory. Lambert is part Dickinson
(the later and better E.D.) in her love of natural beauty for the sheer
physicalness of things seen in nature. But even more so, she reminds one
of Rilke, that most original and modern of European poets, the Prague-born
poet of Austria, whose rarefied practice of seeing the object and lifting
it to a contemplation of its essence to expose its inner core is so original
that it cannot be paraphrased."
The Good Companion, 2002
A Song of Austria
by Lynda Lambert
Can you sing for me a song
Sing about papal treasures
and jewels in the golden monstranz
inside Salzburg Cathedral.
Let me hear the sounds
of the bombs that dropped
and fires that blazed
when the buildings were destroyed.
Take me on ancient paths
where Celts and Romans used
Let me see signs and wonders
along the way
and taste salt inside the mountain.
Can you sing about golden angels
carved in the wooden altars?
or goats on the Alpine hills?
or teams of horses that pull
I desire to listen to the waters
draw the sailboats on the lake
and the silence of the absent
that rises from ancient bones
I will lay back my head and
look at the mountain tops
as you sing of distant roads
that meander through the lush
as we turn to begin the long
Lynda Lambert lives and works in the small village of Wurtemburg, located
in the foothills of Western Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Slippery
Rock University of Pennsylvania and West Virginia University where she
earned advanced degrees in Fine Arts and English. Currently she is Associate
Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities at Geneva College in Beaver Falls,
Pennsylvania where she teaches studio art, humanities, and contemporary
This book is her first published collection of poems. Here she develops
her subject matter—nature, landscape, and journey. While her poems
begin with keen descriptions of a place, she then moves the reader into
a sense of mystery through her powerful reflections and insistent music.
Always there is the notion of both a physical and spiritual journey –
Concerti is being released in conjunction with The Trunk Show, an international
traveling exhibition of art by Lynda Lambert. The Trunk Show will travel
to galleries and museums from January 2003 through December 2005.
Email Lynda directly at
for exhibition details or
to schedule the show in
"I am grateful for Lynda Lambert's healing tapestry
of words spun of sounds, images and emotions."
-Howardena Pindell, New York City