Low explores the jaggedness of memory and what is salvageable when the past is broken by loss, violence, and trauma. Punctuating Nick Flynn’s signature lyric poems are prose pieces and sequences, veering toward essays, including “Notes on a Calendar Found in a Stranger’s Apartment,” a truly strange experience of cataloging a deceased neighbor’s belongings and how quickly they become worthless; “Notes on Thorns & Blood,” a study of time and wounds; and “Notes on a Year of Corona,” a loose sonnet crown about the early stages of the pandemic and the unrest after racist police violence.
Nick Flynn’s most recent book, “The Reenactments,” which Kirkus calls “a truly insightful, original work,” completes a trilogy begun with “AnotherBullshit Night in Suck City” (2004). His previous book, “The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands” (2011), is a collection of poems linked to the second book of the trilogy, “The Ticking is the Bomb” (2010), which the Los Angeles Times called a “disquieting masterpiece.”
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