The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands
New poetry by the acclaimed writer Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and The Ticking Is the Bomb
electrocution, no—the boy stood in the hot-hot room stammering I did stammering I did stammering I did stammering I did stammering everything you say I did I did.
The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands is Nick Flynn’s first new poetry collec...more
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I could say my malaise began with 2002’s Blind Huber, where the only bad poems were the ones about bees (and they were all about bees), but with enjoying his first poetry collection, Some Ether, so much, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City still being the best memoir I ever read, I merely considered it a miss in the middle. Now that his 2010 memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb, and this latest poetry collection, The Captain Asks for a Show of Han ...more
Pulse (Hidden Bird)
I thought that "Fire" & "Air" would be more powerful if they were heard as opposed to being silently read. I could picture a performance art piece with many voices reciting these lines at once.
If it wasn't for the fact that the actual redacted testimonies of Abu Ghraib detanees wasn't included in the notes section I would not understand what "Seven Testimonies" were about. The testimonies themselves held ...more
But, again, it seems as if every poem lifts lines or phrases from other poets. And yes, they are acknowledged in the notes, and yes, for the most part, these lines are italicized within the poems. And I have no problem with the poems that use words and phrases from other things, such as the testimony of Abu Ghraib deta ...more
The words on the page remain the same, obediently anchored to their assigned seats. And yet, not. Because every time I visit this poem the words somehow morph and shift, lift off the stage of ivory paper, quick-change their costumes and voices, dance and contort like some kind of Cirque du Sole ...more
Probably my favorite bit is at the end of "Self Exam (My Body is a Cage)"
listen please, close
your eyes - can you hear it? We think our souls live
in boxes, we think someone sits behind ou ...more
However, as a writer I can express an appreciation for his use of perspective change in his poems.
His most recent book is The Ticking Is The Bomb, a memoir about awaiting his first child while simultaneously learning and fighting against American torture during the Iraq War.
Flynn's had written one play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins. His most famous book is a memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. He has publis ...more