The captain asks for a show of hands : poems

by Flynn, Nick, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2011
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3556.L894 C37 2011x
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 811.6 FLY
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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.
--from "Fire"

The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands is Nick Flynn's first new poetry collection in nearly a decade. What begins as a meditation on love and the body 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 one of America's riskiest and most innovative writers.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Poet and memoirist Flynn is an envoy from the dark side, reporting with care and veracity on the pain and mystery of suicide, addiction, and catastrophic family ruptures. In his second memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (2010), Flynn chronicled his post-Abu Ghraib work collecting the testimonies of Iraqi men who were unjustly detained and tortured. In his first poetry collection since Blind Huber (2002), he considers the quandary of soldiers trained never to question authority and the profound betrayal of trust encoded in orders to commit torture. His masterfully concise poems deploy lulling meter, evocative images, and shocking disclosures. The figure of the captain becomes one not of leadership and integrity but, rather, madness and terror. In the face of sanctioned abomination, Flynn seeks the elemental, writing with piercing vision of how fire, air, earth, and water are weaponized in a bleak hell of cages, boards, hoods, leashes, and cameras. Each word is a lit match, a thrown stone, a howling blast, a choking torrent. Flynn has forged daringly intimate and clarion poems of conscience.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Terse, at times horrifying, and hard to forget, Flynn's third collection of poems-the first since his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004) made him something of a celebrity-tackles topics familiar from the last decade's news: the captain of the title, who appears in the longest poems, is at once an absent, wicked, or unanswering God, a vague father, a political authority, and a military leader in a place much like Abu Ghraib. "Capt'n, we can do as we wish, we can do/ as we wish with the body// but we cannot leave marks"; "one drop hangs on the prisoner's tongue-capt'n// are we allowed to force him to swallow?" Torture, imprisonment, and arduous military service are leitmotifs, or metaphors, in most of the volume's poems, and a wartime, warlike, post-9/11 America forms their backdrop: "the tower towers above us/ now, we can see it/ from wherever." Flynn's political anger does nothing to diminish his raggedly individual voice, and his shorter efforts include what sound like dissonant wartime love poems: "First thing we should do/ if we see each other again is to make/ a cage of our bodies-inside we can place/ whatever still shines."" (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects American poetry -- 21st century.
Publisher Minneapolis, Minn. :Graywolf Press,2011
Language English
Description 94 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781555975746
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