Some Ether

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Graywolf Press
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6.12 X 0.31 X 9.08 inches | 0.38 pounds
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About the Author

Nick Flynn is a member of Columbia University's Writing Project and lives in Brooklyn. He is also the author of Blind Huber.


"[An] astonishing debut collection. In their roaming uneasiness, these poems enact the hypodermic activity of grief. We are guided by a stunning and solitary voice into lives that have spiritually and physically imploded. No one survives and still there is so much to be felt. Here is sorrow and madness reconciled to humanity." --Claudia Rankine

"Nick Flynn's subject--a mother's suicide, a son's peripatetic childhood--could not be more difficult to approach. If the poems stand 'close to tragedy, ' as Flynn puts it, they also embody the act of survival: syntax and line conspire to pull us past the event, beyond the struggle. And yet the ghost of trauma lingers, ramifying beond the exquisitely understated endings of Flynn's poems. Even more powerful than the final line of 'My Mother Contemplating Her Gun'--'Tomorrow it will still be there'--is the silence that follows it, the knowledge that nothing lasts. These poems establish their emotional authority through their very movement--their wayward, whispering music. At once reckless and demure, outrageous and delicate, Some Ether promises nothing: it is a harrowing, beautiful book." --Judges' statement for the 1999 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry