Nick Flynn Poems
- Cartoon Physics, Part 1 Children under, say, ten, shouldn't ...
- Emptying Town I want to erase your footprints from my walls....
- Embrace Noir I go back to the scene where the two men ...
- Bag Of Mice I dreamt your suicide note was scrawled in ...
- You Asked How (Formerly Even N...
- Amber Hover the imagined center, our tongues grew long to...
- Statuary Bees may be trusted, always, to discover ...
Nick Flynn (born 1960) is an American writer, playwright, and poet. His most recent publication is a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (Faber & Faber, 2008). His most recent book is a memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, (W.W. Norton, 2004). He has published two collections of poetry: Blind Huber, and Some Ether, which won the inaugural PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Further honors include a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and the 1999 Discovery/The Nation Award for his poem, Bag of Mice, about his mother's suicide.
Flynn's works have appeared in The New ... more »
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Cartoon Physics, Part 1
Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
that the universe is ever-expanding,
inexorably pushing into the vacuum, galaxies
swallowed by galaxies, whole
solar systems collapsing, all of it
acted out in silence. At ten we are still learning
the rules of cartoon animation,
that if a man draws a door on a rock
only he can pass through it.
Anyone else who tries
will crash into the rock. Ten-year-olds
should stick with burning houses, car wrecks,
ships going down -- earthbound, tangible
where they can be heroes. ...