Wife and War – Amalie Flynn

I stumbled across Amalie Flynn’s work about a month ago and was stuck by the stark beauty of her poetry. Her memoir, Wife and War will be released on 9/11/13.  Her writing was featured by The New York Times At War and by TIME.   She also blogs for The Huffington Post. Read more of her poetry at her blog.  Ventricle, is published with permission of the author.


When a soldier deploys to war,

He goes to a country with

Bombs and bullets, and wears

Kevlar body armor, with plates,

A ballistic chest plate covering

His heart,

And when a soldier patrols a town,

He carries his M4, like a limb, and

Enters compounds made of sand,

With corridors that wind around

Like arteries and veins.

He knocks down doors, each one,

A valve, and inside, this chamber,

A dark room, with families inside,

Women, children, and men,

Men who say, this is our home,

Pointing to it,

The darkness that surrounds them,

This room where they live,

A ventricle, and the land outside,


Full of blood,

Like a heart.

  3 comments for “Wife and War – Amalie Flynn

  1. j
    08/09/2013 at 4:59 pm

    that’s an amazing poem.. so clever and deep and touching

  2. thewriter
    08/09/2013 at 5:07 pm

    Jane – I think her work is amazing. Can’t wait to see her book.

  3. 02/12/2014 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you for reading Ventricle and for your kind words. I do hope you will read my book WIFE AND WAR: THE MEMOIR which is out now and continue to read my WIFE AND WAR poetry. All the best – Amalie Flynn

    Book http://www.amazon.com/Wife-War-Memoir-Amalie-Flynn/dp/0989788601/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

    Poetry http://wifeandwar.wordpress.com/

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