I am reading Rachel Contreni Flynn's new book Tongue published by Red Hen Press and it's incredible.
Rachel was kind enough to send me a copy since I acted as her surrogate blog during the Big Poetry Giveaway in April.
I have her first book, Ice, Mouth, Song, which I love and this book, Tongue is just as good especially in opening lines.
Here are a few of Rachel's openings (how can I not want to read the poem after these?)
This is the final day of years of sweetness.
We must love this world though it is flawed,
Our anger is a piano--
A scarecrow came for breakfast...
There is an image of a girl drowning a sunflower in a bucket that just stays with me. And a boy running through a field of sunflowers trying to "snag this huge happiness." This poem will be with me for a while with its vibrant images. I love it when that happens, when a poem becomes part of my life.
These poems are both hard and soft, but always beautiful.