Captain Asks for a Show of Hands Poems

ISBN-10: 1555976336

ISBN-13: 9781555976330

Edition: N/A

Authors: Nick Flynn

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Now in paperback, the latest poetry by Nick Flynn, author ofAnother Bullshit Night in Suck CityandThe Ticking Is the BombThe Captain Asks for a Show of Handsbegins as a meditation on love and the body but soon breaks down into a collage of voices culled from media reports, childhood memories, testimonies from Abu Ghraib detainees, passages from documentary films, overheard conversations, and scraps of poems and song, only to reassemble with a gathering sonic force. It’s as if all the noise that fills our days were a storm, yet at the center is a quiet place, but to get there you must first pass through the storm, with eyes wide open, singing. Each poem becomes a hallucinatory, shifting experience, through jump cut, lyric persuasion, and deadpan utterance. This is an emotional, resilient response to some of the essential issues of our day by Nick Flynn, one of America’s riskiest and most innovative writers.“An unflinching attempt to use poetry to grapple with some of the most shameful monsters of this new century—the torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib and the terrible cost war enacts on everyone caught up in it, both civilians and soldiers.” —The Rumpus
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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 1/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

haiku (failed)
false prophet
jesus knew
greetings, friend (minotaur)
the baffled king composing hallelujah
hello, birdy
forgetting something
almost song
self-exam (my body is a cage)
invasion of the body snatchers
oh here
seven testimonies (redacted)
dear lady of perpetual something
e. corpse
pulse (hidden bird)
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