Nick Flynn Poems
- Bag Of Mice I dreamt your suicide note was scrawled in ...
- Emptying Town I want to erase your footprints from my walls....
- Cartoon Physics, Part 1 Children under, say, ten, shouldn't ...
- Embrace Noir I go back to the scene where the two men ...
- Amber Hover the imagined center, our tongues grew long to...
- Twenty-Pound Stone It nests in the hollow of my pelvis, I ...
- You Asked How (Formerly Even N...
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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Bag Of Mice
I dreamt your suicide note
was scrawled in pencil on a brown paperbag,
& in the bag were six baby mice. The bag
opened into darkness,
from the top down. The mice,
huddled at the bottom, scurried the bag
across a shorn field. I stood over it
& as the burning reached each carbon letter
of what you'd written
your voice released into the night
like a song, & the mice