Referring to his most recent book, â€œApparitions & Late Fiction,â€ a collection of short stories and a novella, Lynch says, â€œI have no corner on the market.â€
He dares readers to find any Shakespearean writing that doesnâ€™t involve sex and death.
Readers who have been following the writing of the undertaker from Milford know he has experience in death, but will have to speculate about the other half of the equation while reading his new book.
At the very least, they will have to agree he has an active imagination.
His newest collection of fiction is a departure from his previous books which were collections of essays and poetry. And, although Lynch is currently working on a longer piece of fiction, he said if he didnâ€™t use poetry as a daily exercise he wouldnâ€™t write.
That would be a terrible loss.
He told a standing-room-only audience at Nicolas Books in Ann Arbor this past week that his journey into fiction has been an interesting road as he delved into the lives of a trout bum, a casket salesman, an embalmer, an academic poet and a randy minister, among others, in his first book of fiction.
â€œFiction requires day-to-day concentrated work. Writing characters and narrative requires more blocks of time. Poetry and essays are portable â€” you can work on them whenever.â€
Lynchâ€™s devoted followers will not be disappointed with his recent work. Those who gorge themselves on his collections of essays, â€œThe Undertakingâ€ and â€œBodies in Motion and Rest,â€ will recognize his reoccurring themes, in which death is not only a sinister stranger waiting on a corner, but is just as often an old friend. Read the complete review at mittenlit.
Lynch will be giving the keynote address at A Rally of Writers, a workshop being held Saturday, April 10, at Lansing Community College West Campus. He will speak at 9 a.m. and, although the conference carries a $70 fee, his talk is free and underwritten by the Michigan Humanities Council.
Read more about Thomas Lynch in Annarbor.com.