John Flynn


John Flynn (, who also writes as Basil Rosa, has published five poetry chapbooks, a book of poems, Moments Between Cities, and translations from the Romanian of Nicolae Dabija, Blackbird Once Wild Now Tame. He’s earned awards from New England Poetry Club, and U.S. Peace Corps. His novel Heaven Is A City Where Your Language Isn’t Spoken is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (

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A Dozen Lemons In Autotropolis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This poetry collection brings to mind Nathanael West's novella Day of the Locust. It examines the sun-baked denizens of Hollywood with all their posturing, their sound and fury--all amounting to nothing. This is a world of sad ciphers; ready to make a deal, do lunch, and who never really connect to anything remotely human. Flynn writes with humor, irony and empathy about this strange milieu.
Mierla Domesticita
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
At times bucolic, and pious, Nicolae Dabija writes in formal meter, with rhyme, and often employs biblical, as well as natural imagery, such as the rose. He employs surrealism as part of a tradition in modern Romanian literature known best, I suppose, by western readers in the plays of Ionesco. John Michael Flynn, translator
Washing Apples In Streams
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Russian & Former Soviet Union
This is a book of poems, short and lyrical, in four sections. The final section of the book is a collection of long poems about life in the former Soviet Union, notably the Republic of Moldova.
Something Grand
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,210. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The title story of Something Grand earned the 1990 H.G. Roberts Foundation Award from Kansas State University. This is a republishing as an E-version of the original story collection, first published in 2002.
Moments between Cities
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
An E-book re-issue of a collection originally published in June, 1997 by E. Mellon Press. In 1998, it earned the Peace Corp's annual award for best poetry book by a former volunteer. Forrest Gander described the poems as "not absurdly modern, but they take the risk of articulating a serious moral gaze.

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