Lynda McKinney Lambert, is a retired college professor of fine arts and humanities. Retirement from teaching opened the door for her to write full-time. She explores the themes of landscape, mythology, pilgrimage, fine arts and literature in her writing.
She loves walking through a meadow of wild flowers; gazing at a star-strewn sky; spending solitary winter days with her husband, Bob, their 4 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs.
My grandmother knew the name of every bird by note and call who ever sang to the sun in the fields by her Wisconsin country home, and she knew the names of the trees by bark and needle and leaf in the woods. In these days of urban desolation and digital isolation, it is harder and harder to keep hold of the once-common natural knowledge. Here in Lynda Lambert’s poetry the vitality of the seasons are still felt, seen and heard. Lambert notices the colors and sounds that surround us, those sights and odes that barely register through our buds and pads and windshields, and she names them for us and she remembers them for us. In these poems, Lambert calls her readers to celebrate the blue spruce in the morning fog, to “stand in darkness / urging Blood Moon-arise” and to be alive in the old ways. “It feels like we have been here,” she says of one icy morning, “for a thousand years.” In these pages, we have.
– Russell Streur – Editor of Plum Tree Tavern, Author of Fault Zones.
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems
Description of Star Signs–
Description of the cover image of Star Signs, by Leonore Dvorkin, editor at DLD Books
Listen to Melissa Codden read “Star Signs,” from Star Signs, as published in Wordgathering Literary Magazine. Click on link below.
The late evening photo shows several delicate, bare trees in silhouette, leaning slightly to the right, against a violet-colored sky. There is a faint streak of pinkish light to the right of the trees, low on the horizon. Thousands of stars are visible in the sky. The solid black landscape below the trees appears to be the shore of a darkened lake, which is in the foreground. A few stars are reflected in the water. The overall impression is one of stillness and beauty. The predominant colors are black and violet, along with white pinpoints of starlight. The title and subtitle are in white at the top of the cover, and the author’s name is in white at the bottom.
Lynda Lambert covers a wide terrain of subjects and topics in this new book, from lights to legends to seasons, treating us to images and metaphors about plants, people and weather. She opens this large collection with the title poem, Star Signs, which walks us through the alphabet as it digs through thoughts, emotions and observations, “Using star signs to map out new terrain.”
Throughout this book of poems, these gems of poetic creation shimmer like beads on her fabric art, like bold brush strokes of color on her paintings, and reflect light like the gemstones on her prize–winning piece of mixed–media fiber artwork. It seems this entire collection is like a multifaceted mural.
Her attentiveness to nature and strong reflections from memory have woven from a collage of remnants a beautiful tapestry for us. It offers a wonderful feast for the eyes and the mind.
Description of Walking by Inner Vision– Book Cover
Front Cover of this book features a dramatic photograph of a detailed view of Yellow Crown Beard. This photo was taken by Lynda in the woods near her home in western Pennsylvania. Brilliant yellow flowers are a stark contrast against the rich green background. The book has white text on the dark green background.
Cover Designed by David and Leonore Dvorkin, DLD Books.
Excerpt from the Introduction
I learned rapidly that no one knew what to do with me. No one in my family or circle of friends knew anything about blindness. My doctors understood how to diagnose me, but not what to do from there. I did not know anyone who had profound sight loss. For a few maddening months, I tried to figure out what to do next. I thought my life was over, since I could do nothing I had done previously.
What National Library Services has to say About This Book
Walking by inner vision: stories & poems DBC 11608
This book is free for readers who have sight loss or print disabilities through BARD and the National Library Services.
What Smashwords says about Walking by Inner Vision
Pennsylvania artist and author Lynda M. Lambert invites readers into her world of profound sight loss to discover the nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world. She takes strands from mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric using images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons. Photos by the author. More
Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
Listen to Lynda reading, “A Moment of Calm”
Description of Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage–
Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage. Stories and Poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
The background of this book cover is a mixed media painting created by Lynda McKinney Lambert during one of her summers in Salzburg, Austria. The overall colors are several shades of purple, violet, and lavender. There is a pink rose in full bloom included in the painting and collaged elements. The black text of the book title, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage is printed over the collage art work. Near the bottom of the book cover, there is a solid band of lavender and on that band, the black text says, Poems by Lynda Lambert
Excerpt from the Foreword
Light falling on Alpine villages, a stone street in Berchtesgaden, the memorial at Lidice (where 88 children were among the 483 slaughtered in this Czech village). jagged mountains wrapped in mist, a Picasso or Miro’ hanging in a museum , the centuries-old domed cathedral of Salzburg, fields blooming with Queen Anne’s lace,–these are among Lynda Lambert’s subjects in her first book of poems. 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…and tone…