Perpetual Arrivals

These poems were written throughout the nineties before global economics, cellphones, The Internet, and fears of terrorism became commonplace. It was a time of exciting change, the former USSR having collapsed and much of Eastern Europe suffering painful yet hopeful upheavals. In the U.S., jobs were plentiful and soldiers weren’t being shipped off to foreign wars in large numbers. More
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About John Michael Flynn

John Michael Flynn was the 2017 Writer in Residence at Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara, in North Carolina. In 2015 he completed a one-year English Language Fellowship through the US State Department in Khabarovsk, Russia. Poetry collections include Restless Vanishings, and Keepers Meet Questing Eyes from Leaf Garden Press. (, and Blackbird Once Wild Now Tame translated from the Romanian of Nicolae Dabija. He’s published three collections of short stories, his most recent Off To The Next Wherever from Fomite Books ( His collection of essays, How The Quiet Breathes, was published in 2021 by New Meridian Arts.( He’s earned awards from the New England Poetry Club, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Visit him at

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“John Michael Flynn’s language dazzles to a very real end: the exploration and delineation of the free-floating breakdown known as ‘America.’ The range of tones and locales he uses is impressive but more impressive is the feeling invested in what almost inevitably slips through time’s fingers. Anyone wondering where the Whitmanesque impulse has gone need look no further.”
—Baron Wormser, former poet laureate, state of Maine

Flynn’s prose at every turn is crisp and evocative; he has a gift for description of cities, landscapes and characters – the latter seem so real one could almost touch them. I have for years enjoyed his short stories, poems and translations, and I’m delighted he has brought his considerable powers to a wonderfully vivid collection that crackles with energy and insight.
-- Geoffrey Clark, author of Wedding In October

There’s something dazzling about how Flynn evokes beauty and isolation, tragedy and triumph, in language that sings and begs us to sing along, too.
-- Alyson Hagy, author of Boleto

The work is concrete, seductive, and dramatic in its intensity – drawing the reader in.
-- Jack Smith, author of Icon

Flynn is an author who pays attention to the details. Vivid and engaging, it’s a pleasure to add Off To The Next Wherever to my shelf.
-- Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You

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