Rachel Contreni Flynn

Rookie (August 28,1969 / Paris)

Rachel Contreni Flynn
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Rachel Contreni Flynn was awarded a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for 2007. Rachel’s second full-length collection, Tongue, won the Benjamin Saltman Award and is forthcoming from Red Hen Press, and her chapbook, Haywire, is forthcoming from Bright Hill Press. Her first book, Ice, Mouth, Song, was published in 2005 by Tupelo Press, after winning the Dorset Prize. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she received an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in 2005. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program and lives north of Chicago with her husband and two children. more »

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Fancy Dinner Party

I look down: fish on a plate stunned
by flame and butter, stuck in spicy dust.
A mysterious cricket-language goes on,
glad and satisfactory. But what if I cannot
harness my sadness? The table is gorgeous:
wide gold candles, bits of nature casually
sticking up here and there from glass columns.
Outside in the turn-around, a sweet sculpture
of two pale lambs with hornets nesting
in the stone. I often wake covered with a fine grit
that moves when I move. My coat is a joiner
of other coats, soaking in scents of mint
and suede and Joy. Something seems ...

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