Rachel Contreni Flynn
Biography of Rachel Contreni Flynn
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.
Rachel Contreni Flynn's Works:
Ice, Mouth, Song. Tupelo Press (2005) Winner of the Dorset Prize.
Haywire. Bright Hill Press (2009) Winner of the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award
Tongue. Red Hen Press (2010 forthcoming) Winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award
Rachel Contreni Flynn Poems
If light pours like water into the kitchen where I sway with my tired children,
An angry boy hides in the weeds, then emerges with a plastic sack in his hands. The 18-wheeler moves slowly, enormously along the rough road, like the years to come with nothing clean or sweet or warm.
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
I sit at the supper table dressed as a zebra until my father shoots me.
An angry boy hides in the weeds, then emerges with a plastic sack
in his hands. The 18-wheeler moves slowly, enormously along
the rough road, like the years to come with nothing clean or sweet or warm.
The boy no longer hides but palms apple after apple, rotten with dirt and syrup, lets loose and hits the trailer broadside.
He's a pitcher, a sniper, a rock star.
He's a bit of starchy flesh smashed, then splashed into the air. The boy waits
on the road for the flare of brake li