These poems explore the author's Southern Baptist upbringing and how that history echoes through her adult experiences of sexual love, self-knowledge, loss and motherhood. Her testament is that of a life, a family and a world.
Lynn Powell was raised in East Tennessee and educated at Carson-Newman College and Cornell University. She has worked extensively as a writer in the schools for the Tennessee Arts Commission, the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and currently, the Ohio Arts Council. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, and other journals. She lives in Oberlin, Ohio.