Nancy Flynn hails from the anthracite coal country of northeastern Pennsylvania, birthplace of other world shakers and movers including Joe Biden, Mary Jo Kopechne, and HBO. A budding writer since elementary school, she won her first literary prize in 1965 at the age of ten when her essay “Our Friend, the Moon” took second place in the Junior Project Competition sponsored by the Educational ABCs of Industry in Niagara Falls, New York. She attended Oberlin College, Cornell University, and has an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from SUNY/Binghamton.
Her writing has received a James Jones First Novel Fellowship, an Oregon Literary Fellowship, and recognition from the Oregon State Poetry Association. In 2007, her poetry chapbook, The Hours of Us, was published by Finishing Line Press and nominated for an Oregon Book Award. A story, “Cut Off, ” published in the VoiceCatcher 4 anthology of Portland women’s writing has been nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize. In addition to her work with WritersDojo.org, she is a member of the VoiceCatcher editorial collective, a contributing editor for the art journal, ATC Quarterly, and a poetry editor for the Poets Against War website. More about Nancy and her writing on her web site: www.nancyflynn.com.
It’s a slow, cumulative suffering she carries
into her dreams, oven mitts too thin
to keep the burn from her hands.
Whenever he’s back from the dead, she can’t
touch his body, naked under goose down,
lost in the curled bone-cage of a bird.
Even now, she can conjure the day,
his hanging from that tree, then flit
from him to a man in Mississippi,
white faces leering beneath his feet.
Until she decides he is better left
a faux Icarus, flown too far from the sun.
His feathers scatter in the sound,
dance shoes on whitecaps still bobbing,
the wind too fierce a tempo
to quell her flotilla of question marks.
The Laboratory of Pen, Paper, and Wastebasket [Feb 20, 2009]
Politics in the English Language [Nov 2, 2008]
At the Table When Company Comes [Nov 6, 2008]
Those Stylish Elements... [Nov 16, 2008]
BobLit 101 [Nov 22, 2008]
Forgetting the Words, Finding the Words [Dec 2, 2008]
The Perfection of Imperfection [Dec 11, 2008]
Discreet Charms for the Creative Bourgeoisie* [Dec 20, 2008]
The Sounds in Silence [Dec 30, 2008]
Late Blooming, Serious [Jan 9, 2009]
Praise Song, Praise Singing! [Jan 22, 2009]
The Hours of Us
The Hours of Us is a collection of rhythmic and sonorous poems about the hard truths of life: brokenness in relationships, missed connections, the desire to re-visit our past and re-write histories to improve what we wish had been.
—Bob Haynes, author of The Grand Unified Theory