Tender Buttons Press publishes Year by Year Poems by Lynne Sachs

Lynne Sachs
64 pages, paperback, 2019, $19.00









When filmmaker Lynne Sachs turned fifty, she dedicated herself to writing a poem for every year of her life, so far. Each of the fifty poems investigates the relationship between a singular event in Sachs’ life and the swirl of events beyond her domestic universe. Published by Tender Buttons Press, Year by Year Poems juxtaposes Sachs’ finished poems, which move from her birth in 1961 to her half-century marker in 2011, with her original handwritten first drafts. In this way, she reveals her process of navigating within and alongside historical events such as the Moon Landing, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., streaking, the Anita Hill hearings, the Columbine shootings, and controversies around universal health care. In Year by Year Poems, Lynne Sachs realizes the long anticipated leap from her extraordinary career in filmmaking to this, her first book of poems.  With an introduction by Paolo Javier, former Queens Poet Laureate and author of Court of the Dragon, and book design by Abby Goldstein.

Praise for book:

“The whole arc of a life is sketched movingly in this singular collection. These poems have both delicacy and grit.  With the sensitive eye for details that she has long brought to her films, Lynne Sachs shares, this time on the page, her uncanny observations of moments on the fly, filled with longings, misses, joys and mysterious glimpses of a pattern of meaning underneath it all.”

––  Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait of My Body and Against Joie de Vivre

“The highly acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Sachs is also a captivating and surprising poet. Year by Year distills five decades into lyric, a lustrous tapestry woven of memory, wisdom, cultural apprehension and the delicate specificities of lived life.”

––  Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs and When the World Was Steady

“In Year by Year, Lynne Sachs selects and distills from larger fields of notation, acute scenes representing her life and the world she was born into. Her measured, spare account brings her to an understanding and acceptance of the terrible and beautiful fact that history both moves us and moves through us, and, more significantly, how by contending with its uncompromising force, we define an ethics that guides our fate.”

Michael Collier author of Dark Wild Realm

About the Press:

Founded by poet Lee Ann Brown in 1989, Tender Buttons Press publishes experimental women’s and gender-expansive poetry through innovative forms that play with the boundaries between life and art, generations and generativity.

Available from:

Small Press Distribution: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780927920209/year-by-year-poems.aspx

Tender Buttons Press: https://www.tenderbuttonspress.com/shop/r7dr1maqjtph7x95n1i8nrlvj1uq9t

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Poems-Lynne-Sachs/dp/0927920204/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=lynne+sachs&qid=1569374839&s=books&sr=1-1

For more information, please contact: Lee Ann Brown, Founder and Editrix, Tender Buttons Press:  TenderButtonsPress@gmail.com

Lynne Sachs, author: lynnesachs@gmail.com

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