Wednesday, June 10, 2020
FEATURE – Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
by Pennsylvania author and artist,
Lynda McKinney Lambert
POETRY – STORIES – MUSIC – NATURE
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by Beckie Ann Horter
Celebrating our successes as visually-impaired people is an essential step on the journey to healing. Peer advisor Lynda McKinney Lambert knows this firsthand.
After profound vision loss in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Lynda did not use a computer for almost two years. When she finally did re-learn her way around the computer, with the help of adaptive technology, she decided to celebrate in a memorable way. She started a blog.
Lynda’s blog, Walking by Inner Vision, grew and grew over a seven-year period. Last year, she decided to collect her stories and poems in a delightful book by the same name.
Walking by Inner Vision: Stories and Poems is Lynda’s second book. The first, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, was published in 2003 by Kota Press.
Lynda is an artist and a retired professor of Fine Arts and Humanities from Geneva College. Her artistic background permeates her writing in an unmistakeable style, painting word pictures and setting vivid scenes. Her black and white photography accompanies several stories and adds to the visual appeal.
“This book takes readers into the mind of an artist, how we work in layers, seeing connections between history, philosophy, psychology, and nature. It’s the artist’s job to tell the things others don’t notice. We see nuances and fragments—these things spark the mind,” Lynda says.
Walking by Inner Vision is arranged as a year-long pilgrimage from January through December. Each month begins with a poem and reflects the happenings unique to its time and place. For example, in “March Arrived Like a Capricious Cat,” she speaks of the changeable nature of late winter in her native Western Pennsylvania.
“Glass wind chimes
shrouded in new snow
March arrived like a capricious cat
hunkered down, bent over
Throughout the 16 poems and 27 essays, Lynda views her world through the lens of beauty, even in the midst of vision loss.
“I want to give people a strand of hope to hold on to,” says Lynda. Her personal Christian faith provides the anchor for her own hope and optimism.
“I believe we were created to be image bearers, as the Bible teaches, and that we are called for a purpose,” she says.
Lynda draws on her wealth of experiences to offer the reader a treasure chest of reading variety. While some stories are light and humorous (“A Wintry Tale”), others are poignant, like the story of her mother’s last family gathering and ensuing struggle with Alzheimer’s (“The Living Room”).
Regardless of the form—free verse or creative non-fiction—one thing remains consistent: lingering images stay with you long after the book is finished. You have been taken into the world of Lynda’s inner vision. And all is well.
The artist has done her job.
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The book comes in e-book, Kindle, and print formats. Cost is $3.99 for e-book and Kindle; $14.95 for print copies. It is also available online through Barnes & Noble, Amazon or anywhere books are sold.
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Lynda’s comment on her book:
I work back and forth between ADDING and SUBTRACT ING.
I BUILD and I DESTROY.
Writing poetry, for me, is a dance with materials – senses – images.
I order chaos and find balance.
Lynda McKinney Lambert – Smashwords, March 9, 2019.
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Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.
My MISSION STATEMENT
- I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
- I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
- I bring “Gifts to the King” through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.