Ceiling Fan by Kari Flickinger

CEILING FAN by Kari Flickinger

We are delighted to present Ceiling Fan by Kari Flickinger

We read chapbooks, spend our lives with poems, or novels, short stories and even biographies, with seldom a thought at the time and journey that went into its coming together, as well as the experiences lived to make it onto paper in the first place. With the first edition of CEILING FAN already a sell out, we are delighted to offer a 2nd edition.

Ceiling Fan is one of those reading experiences which have one believing it had to have been written in a ‘single sitting’. It’s not often that editors and publishers come across a work that immediately commands attention and demands to be read in the immediacy of the moment. And while it speaks to the reader with the immediacy of being written in a single sitting, Ceiling Fan is the painstaking assemblage of over a decade of writing.


A visionary hallucinatory poemsuite of interconnected elliptical fragments, a submergence at world’s end,  Kari Flickinger’s “Ceiling Fan” excavates pain and loss, spinning them with metallic blades of memory/betrayal, where the soul/ body duality is ruminative, harrowing, prophetic. Who is the “I”, the “we”, unclasped, disengaged; dragging musical rhythms and syntactical experiments, this is the flat-lined, staccato howl of somnolence & its after/image, where rage and exhaustion are a prescient spiraling anhedonia. Struggling for oxygen, Kari creates a fractious embrace for every wide-awake, broken-hearted reader. Her explosive, musical, meditative, and always luminous text, is complexly, visually orchestrated. A brilliant achievement, this night-crawl of enigmatic, all arch architectonics, is revenant ballet.

Robert Frede Kenter author of EDEN; publisher, Ice Floe Press www.icefloepress.net

Constructed as a brilliant extended metaphor for pain and loss, Kari Flickinger’s Ceiling Fan dissects the end of a relationship in a linked sequence of poems that are a meditation on the properties and attributes of the fan itself, and a masterclass in the poetic art of connectedness. Whether at rest or as a blur, the fan becomes a conduit for the stages of grief; an object observed with an intensity of focus that becomes redemptive; and, most impressively, an animate depiction of the human paradox in all its creative, destructive complexity. Flickinger’s ability to conjure precisely imagined locations—the call center cubicle, the blind-slashed kitchen window—keeps the sequence rooted and profoundly recognizable while the ceiling fan’s hypnotic power spins us out into a surreal vision of the loss of self in a chaotic universe. This multidimensional, technically dazzling, and emotionally empowering work never fails to impress and the last stanza will knock you into the quantum.

Jude Marr, author of We Know Each Other By Our Wounds

Kari Flickinger In Coversation with Marcelle Newbold

book opened on top of white table beside closed red book and round blue foliage ceramic cup on top of saucer

Kari and Marcelle dive deep into the process and experiences which shaped and insired this remarkable assemblage into being ….

Eat The Storms Podcast featuring Ceiling Fan read by Kari Flickinger

For details on each of the participants in the show

Kari Flickinger

Kari Flickinger is the author of The Gull and the Bell Tower (Femme Salvé Books). Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and the SFPA Rhysling Award. She is an alumna of UC Berkeley.


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