The newly dead hung on to the ceiling last night
like moths, wanting to tell us what they hadn’t
found words for yet, their bodies still
warm on their mattresses below—they did not look
comfortable, passing themselves
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Born in 1960, Nick Flynn is the author of the poetry collections My Feelings (Graywolf Press, 2015), The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (Graywolf Press, 2011), Blind Huber (Graywolf Press, 2002), and Some Ether (Graywolf Press, 2000), which was the recipient of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.