New Book from the Porch: Gangbangs and Other Mass Rallies

ISBN-13: 978-0998847634
ISBN-10: 0998847631
202 pages
If a 202 page poetry collection sounds like a lot, well, that’s because it is a lot, and a lot is what we need just now. Ryan Quinn Flanagan brings us poems from the overbelly, the back lot, the concrete sky, perfect for reading while on guard duty in our dystopic present. Flanagan nurtures the beauty that grows up from the cracks and crevices, and teeters “like a mountain just before an avalanche.”
Heading Downtown 
We were heading downtown
after visiting my grandmother in that
old red brick second floor apartment along Blake Street,
my aunt Marilyn keeping my cousin Shauna and I
on different sides and making us
hold her hand
and I remember skipping over the working ants
careful to avoid the cracks in the sidewalk
and feeling so incredibly happy
under the sun
for no other reason
then my aunt was my aunt
and my cousin was my cousin
and anything could happen,
but it never did.
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and the Oklahoma Review.  His personal website is: