Amalie Flynn is a wife. Her husband went to war. This is her writing.
Hello Amalie, this is Gea and I am an italian journalist. I found out your poems through the NYTimes, and would like to publish them as well, together with something about you.
I tried to find here an email where to write you, but couldn’t find any.
Would you please get back at me so the two of us can get in touch?
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to talk with you!
I also read your poems on the NYTimes’ At War blog…these are very good poems and they really give the reader an idea of your own private sacrifices as a military wife.
I just want to thank your husband for his service, and to thank you for yours. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for reading and for your support!
I’m a Marine wife, my husband is currently in Afghanistan. I just wanted to tell you that these are the first poems I’ve ever read that I think accurately describe the feelings, thoughts and fears I’ve experienced. So much of military spouse poetry is focused on … making it sound heroic. Making it worthy of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” Sappy and over-the-top – no where near the torrent of emotions we experience daily.
Thank you for your words. They give a voice to my paranoias, my musings.
Rachel, Thank you so much for reading and for your comment. Your comment means so much to me! Will you continue to read? I hope so. And more than that I hope your husband returns home safe and sound and that you are well and happy in the interim. Best, Amalie
Saw your site linked on the Brothers At War page. Thank you for saying so eloquently and movingly what rattles around in my heart and soul these days. I’ve shared your blog link with my fellow wives, friends & followers on my blog about living with my husband’s PTSD and other OIF issues, and finally with my husband. The power of your words made that last part both the hardest and the most important. Thank you.
Thank you so much for reading my blog and for sharing it with your friends, followers, and husband. It means so much to me to hear that my pieces resonate with you! Will you keep reading? I hope so! Best, Amalie
Amalie – What wonderful poems! You truly have a gift of taking the feelings that military members and their families feel and putting them into words in a touching way. Thank you for sharing your gift!
Thank you so much for reading! And thank you so much for the great work you are doing with Homefront Heroes … such important work. I hope that you will continue to read my Wife & War blog!
I had forgotten how your writing worked on me. I could read them over and over.
I am so honored to have been your friend, once upon a time, and so proud to see what you are creating now.
Beautiful, weak/strong and dark. This is a military wife.
I just came across this blog tonight. I’m speechless at the beauty of your poems. I can only begin to imagine what the families of men in the military services go through. Thank.you.so.much for sharing. Keep faith and take care. 🙂
I am absolutely floored by your writing. How beautiful and how true.
It doesnt’ seem right that we should be so attracted to writing about such horrible things. At first I thought it was because of the content, but later I realised it is the quality of the writing that draws me in. After all, it is just as hard to produce good writing about the easier side of life. Thank you so much for your posts.
Thank you, for making work out of the hard stuff of life. Palli
My wife went to war. It’s rare to see authentic understanding of what it’s like to share the experience of war with the one you love. The distance is staggering, feels infinite, the holidays are hard on the heart, the homecoming is epic, then comes the after-effects, she jumps when startled, she’s in awe that the shelves are full in stores, she tells me about the wounds she tended and it obliterates me with the horrors our wounded Warriors experience. To capture so profoundly these subjects marks you as a literary champion. I am moved and feel understood by you. I am glad you’re doing this.
I hope you don’t mind, but I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award because of how much your poems have moved me deeply.
Absolute awesome poetry. I just cannot stop reading!
Hello. I’m one of your former students who came across your writing from the NY times. I have taken note to the strong endings of your poems. It’s very moving poetry.
Thank you for your poetry, it touches the heart and makes us wonder why do we go to war at all?
may we all have peace rule our world and our hearts
Yes, your poetry is so beautifully written. And when I read it, I thought of the lyrics from Freda Payne as well: “Bring the Boys Home.” Your words touched my heart even more.
Our loved ones are too busy fighting or staying in shape or working their civilian jobs at the same time as they serve to contemplate war as you have done so beautifully. I think you have made a valuable contribution to the literature of war and antiwar and your words can also be helpful to the spouses of soldiers. I’m inspired to start collecting info/links on this genre on my web site http://www.collegeresearchsharing.com I hope you’ll join my group on this new site and post a poem.
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