Cartoon Physics, part 1
“Cartoon Physics, part 1” by Nick Flynn from Some Ether. Copyright 2000 by Nick Flynn.
Source: Some Ether (Graywolf Press, 2000)
Nick Flynn was born in Scituate, Massachusetts, January 26, 1960. He has been many things in his life other than a poet and a writer. He worked as a ship’s captain as well as a caseworker for homeless adults.
Flynns book, “Some Ether” (2000), won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, at which time the judges said this statement: “Some Ether focus on Flynn’s tumultuous family life and include a detached yet affecting look at childhood and trauma”
This gave me some ideas about cartoon physics part 1. Maybe Flynn was referring to himself when he wrote that a child under 10 should only be concerned with cartoons. I looked more into Flynn’s life and found out that his mother had committed suicide and at the age of 27 he reunited with his homeless father at a shelter. Certainly these are difficult issues and events that could cause someone to wish for children of a young age to stay innocent. Maybe he doesn’t want other children to be opened to all the things can offer them, the pain, and tragedy. I think he wants kids to have fun, enjoy and the moment while they have nothing pressing weighing on their shoulders.