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Poetry Friday: Cartoon Physics, Part 1 by Nick Flynn

January 25th, 2008 (06:15 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: True North by Fisher

Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
that the universe is ever-expanding,
inexorably pushing into the vacuum, galaxies

swallowed by galaxies, whole

solar systems collapsing, all of it
acted out in silence. At ten we are still learning

the rules of cartoon animation,

that if a man draws a door on a rock
only he can pass through it.
Anyone else who tries

will crash into the rock.

-- Cartoon Physics, Part 1 by Nick Flynn

Read the entire poem.

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)

I LOVE that. Thank you, thank you.

jules, 7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)

You're welcome! Did you read the entire poem at the Poetry 180 website? Oh, the ENDING.

Posted by: saralholmes (saralholmes)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)

This is great, but SHOOT, I was hoping it was an excerpt from a new graphic novel that I'd somehow missed the cartoon door to...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Veronica Mars

*grin* Maybe in the Coraline graphic novel . . .

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Marla Trixaloff

Nope. I've read the Coraline GN, and she does not get to draw any doors. But it is wicked cool.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)

;-)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
TadMack says:

Man, I like this one.
I'm all for staying ten forever.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says:

:)
Three. Three was a good year.

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)

That poem is fantastic. Really splendid. And now, I'm off to Google around to see if he ever wrote Part 2.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)

Let me know if you find something.

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: January 26th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)

It exists. I found it in this search which turned up something on Google Books and let me read it. Hope this link works.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 26th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)

Oh, wow. That invokes, in turns, The Subtle Knife, The Twilight Zone, and Without a Trace.

Posted by: Jama Rattigan (jamarattigan)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)

Oh, Wow. Count me in on the "forever 10" (or younger), society. Adulthood is full of crashes.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)

Indeed.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 25th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Missing piece

You are missing the last part of this poem:

"...Ten-year-olds
should stick with burning houses, car wrecks,
ships going down -- earthbound, tangible

disasters, arenas

where they can be heroes. You can run
back into a burning house, sinking ships

have lifeboats, the trucks will come
with their ladders, if you jump

you will be saved. A child

places her hand on the roof of a schoolbus,
& drives across a city of sand. She knows

the exact spot it will skid, at which point
the bridge will give, who will swim to safety
& who will be pulled under by sharks. She will learn

that if a man runs off the edge of a cliff
he will not fall

until he notices his mistake."

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 25th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Missing piece

Hi there! I noted that this was just part of the poem, and I linked to the entire poem.

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