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The Ticking Is the Bomb by Nick Flynn
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Feb 16, 2010

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Read from February 03 to 12, 2010

Even without having read Nick Flynn's collection of poetry SOME ETHER, I would have known that he was a poet. His rhetoric and syntax is textured and weighted with meaning, each word having a deeper significance to the whole work (even the acknowledgments is poetic). I wanted to read his memoir to see how he merged his personal narrative with the reality waiting for him on the outside, and I am pleased to see it worked. His jigsaw chronology created a flowing narrative, inclusive but not dependent on time, that displayed his honest, deep dark chocolate center on the page. I wasn't crazy in love with this book, but then I'm also not about to be a father. I would recommend it, and if I find a copy of his first memoir, ANOTHER BULLSHIT NIGHT IN SUCK CITY, I will give it a read.

Last page read: To the last, crystalline page, and then further, just to absorb his sentences.

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