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Flynn, Nick    Poet's Biography
78 poems available by this author


1967       
First Line: I distrust the men who come at night, sitting in their cars
Last Line: The greeks teach me to show into the waves so people will listen


AGO       
First Line: I don't even know
Last Line: Asking over her shoulder, %how does this look?


ALMOST SONG       
First Line: Still the voice starts when I open %my mouth, first it's breath
Last Line: & riverstones rising like helmets


AND THEN, AND THEN       
First Line: As a kid I ruled, god almighty, but it got
Last Line: Money, I can leave anytime, I got a hundred places to go


ANGELIZATION       
First Line: When a plane goes down we search the wreckage
Last Line: I'm not here right now


BAG OF MICE       
First Line: I dreamt your suicide note
Last Line: Like a song, & the mice %grew wilder


BLIND HUBER       
First Line: An opaque glow where my eyes should be
Last Line: Their city, their city now softening, twisting %all out of shape


BLIND HUBER       
First Line: I sit in a body & think of a body, I picture
Last Line: I no longer know what is outside my mind %& what is in


BLIND HUBER (12)    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus transfixed, stare blank at one
Last Line: But not as much as I had hoped
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


BURNENS: 2       
First Line: Never a question of staying, the end
Last Line: Move my hands, but I name %what is seen


CAPTAIN ASKS FOR A SHOW OF HANDS       
First Line: Everyday, something - this time
Last Line: If anyone asked I'd say, it was happy


CARTOON PHYSICS, PART 1    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
Variant Title(s): Cartoon Physics: Part I
Subject(s): Children; Physics; Childhood


CARTOON PHYSICS, PART 1       
First Line: Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
Last Line: Until he notices his mistake
Variant Title(s): Cartoon Physics: Part


CARTOON PHYSICS, PART 2       
First Line: Years ago, alone in her room, my mother cut
Last Line: So that when my mother pulled it down I'd %appear, like a movie
Variant Title(s): Cartoon Physics: Part


CELLAR A MACHINE WHIRRING THROUGH THE NIGHT       
First Line: Hovering near the ceiling, turning off
Last Line: Your ears taste like poison. %I push the knife away


CURSE       
First Line: Let the willows drop their branches, heavy with ice,
Last Line: Let the paint leech into the well


ELSEWHERE, MON AMOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Leaning from the platform, waiting for a glimmer


ELSEWHERE, MON AMOUR       
First Line: Leaning from the platform, waiting for a glimmer
Last Line: You must be somewhere, right?


EMPTYING TOWN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Each fall this town empties, leaving me


EMPTYING TOWN       
First Line: Each fall this town empties, leaving me
Last Line: Shirt & saying, &look what I did for you


FATHER OUTSIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A black river flows down the center
Subject(s): Fathers


FATHER OUTSIDE       
First Line: A black river flows down the center
Last Line: The river north I could still %reach him


FIRE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: More the idea of the flame than the flame,
Subject(s): Fire


FIVE HUNDRED YEARS       
First Line: In %sleep our hands find each other. Outside
Last Line: Toe-to-heel, as though you struggled


FLASHBACK    Poem Text    
First Line: I imagine I just barely escaped, repeat
Last Line: We hunker down, yelling, leave
Subject(s): Memory


FLASHBACK       
First Line: I imagine I just barely escaped, repeat
Last Line: We hunker down, yelling leave
Subject(s): Memory


FLOOD       
First Line: The earth smells like whatever drifts past
Last Line: Hang lifelessly & breathe only air


FORGETTING SOMETHING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Memory


FRAGMENT (FOUND INSIDE MY MOTHER)       
First Line: I kept it hidden, it was easy
Last Line: Begging guess which hand, but both %were empty. Who taught him that?


FUGUE       
First Line: If I think hard I can remember
Last Line: But if I thought hard I could remember, beginning %with my eyes


GLASS SLIPPER       
First Line: December 4th - %my father calls so I can wish him
Last Line: The spotlight, to step out of %her sequined panties


GOD FORGOTTEN       
First Line: God mercifully forgets us for a few hours
Last Line: Your skull, your face so radiant %I can barely look into it


GOSPEL       
First Line: By morning the wood I stroked the stove with
Last Line: Tight, his tiny fingers kneading the empty air


HER SMOKE (HER TRICK)       
First Line: A good waitress, I wait up for her
Last Line: & might turn to paste in our throats


HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE MISSING ANYTHING?       
First Line: When I see a car the same model as the last car
Last Line: Until the space inside was not big enough %for even a fist


INSIDE NOTHING       
First Line: A sun-fed engine, the inside
Last Line: A field built inside. It rises. %each blade, each sun


JESUS KNEW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


MAN DANCING WITH A PAPER CUP       
First Line: You still send letters but I know
Last Line: The way waves space themselves %until they stop


MELITOPOLES       
First Line: When a warrior falls in battle, %beloved &
Last Line: Now filled with sweetness


MEMENTO MORI       
First Line: A virus threads its way through us, rides our blood
Last Line: They were all that kept the walls %from collapse


MY MOTHER CONTEMPLATING HER GUN    Poem Text    
First Line: One boyfriend said to keep the bullets
Subject(s): Mothers; Guns


MY MOTHER CONTEMPLATING HER GUN       
First Line: One boyfriend said to keep the bullets
Last Line: Tomorrow it will still be there


NO MAP       
First Line: Ghost stars convincingly stutter
Last Line: Sing me a napkin, plant the wagons %up the hill


OTHER MEANING       
First Line: Coming home from the drive-in, asleep under
Last Line: I said she wouldn't dare


PEACH       
First Line: The peach in your pocket still damp from the faucet
Last Line: Spit it into the grass before taking his stairs


PRAYER       
First Line: Who are you talking to? She asks, the room empty


QUEEN       
First Line: Net suits & %smoking cups, you reek fear %if we fight back, or if there isn't
Last Line: Because we are the fields


QUEEN (FAILED)       
First Line: Those whose mouths %adored me, soon they will come, find me
Last Line: I want those who began in me %to suck the air out of me


RADIO THIN AIR       
First Line: Keep the radio on softly
Last Line: There can you hear it?


RESIDUE       
First Line: Wedged between tiny desks I must be careful. If I ask
Last Line: Or something moving fast through the air?


ROBOT MOVES!       
First Line: I pretend I'm afraid, carrying you
Last Line: & say only, so? %like I was the stranger


SALT       
First Line: A woman stands before us a man drowning in her poem
Last Line: To weigh him under away


SELF-EXAM (MY BODY IS A CAGE)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Do this: take two fingers, place them on
Subject(s): Human Body


SEVEN FRAGMENTS (FOUND INSIDE MY FATHER)       
First Line: Birds sing above my bench while the city
Last Line: Yes, I hear things


SOFT RADIO       
First Line: I don't know if ivan is dead & I don't know
Last Line: As a man rolls quarters between his fingers, %chanting anyone, anyone


SOME ETHER       
First Line: I don't know if you can read this now, you
Last Line: Resting on my shoulders %trying to steer


SPLENECTOMY       
First Line: Hard after the spill to again
Last Line: How this is supposed to save you?


STYLITE (FRAGMENT #10)       
First Line: Go into the desert sometime
Last Line: Then see if god doesn't find the time


SUDDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: If it had been a heart attack, the newspaper
Last Line: & the ringing all we'd eat
Subject(s): Loss


SUDDEN       
First Line: If it had been a heart attack, the newspaper
Last Line: & the ringing all we'd eat
Subject(s): Loss


SUNDAY       
First Line: Scrape %the ashes from the windows, burn something
Last Line: With rattlesnakes, as the leaves let go, making room %for more leaves


SWARM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


SWARM       
First Line: When you see us swarm, rustle of
Last Line: The answer is not one, but also %not two


TRICKOLOGY       
First Line: She'd screw a store-bought toy head,
Last Line: House, the family outside, %barefoot


TWENTY-POUND STONE       
First Line: It nests in the hollow of my pelvis, I carry it with both hands, as if
Last Line: In the spring it would be gone


TWINNED       
First Line: To exist wholly in another, seamless, %mirrored. Think of the hive
Last Line: But she can never say, I am you


TWO MORE FRAGMENTS       
First Line: I was a mason, %kneeling before an unfinished
Last Line: All around the sea rages


UNFAMILIAR    Poem Text    
First Line: What village, abandoned, what


VISIBLE WOMAN       
First Line: In the dark museum we see the pump of her heart, brightening with each
Last Line: Cheek, she's not even real


WAX FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Each day / the son came for more, scraping comb
Last Line: His entire body hung there
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Sickness; Waxworks; Illness


WILD WITH DANDELIONS & ROSES       
First Line: Like sands through the hourglass, the tv
Last Line: A bodiless army ready to march


WORKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Clover whispers, each
Subject(s): Love


WORKERS (ATTENDANTS)       
First Line: Nights we lie beside her, our mouths
Last Line: Gripped the others like a shawl


WORKERS (FORAGERS)       
First Line: After this seven- %month slumber, honey-stupored %& warm, we unfold our
Last Line: Honey the fuel %that kept us


WORTHLESS       
First Line: My fingers %cling to your shoulder blades now
Last Line: I start to remember-we are locked together %&pushing,pushing


XENOPHON'S SOLDIERS       
First Line: In enemy country sometimes %you come upon a vessel
Last Line: & one day simply pulls him under


YOU ASK HOW       
First Line: & I say, suicide, & you ask
Last Line: Between his shoulder blades, %in case it's him


YOU MOVED ME THROUGH EACH ROOM       
First Line: All the rooms are empty, as if no one
Last Line: Back into today, but I never try