Robert Wood Lynn


Robert Wood Lynn is a writer from Virginia. His debut poetry collection Mothman Apologia (Yale University Press) was named a Best Book of 2022 by the New York Times and the New York Public Library. His chapbook How to Maintain Eye Contact is out from Button Poetry in early 2023. Winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, New Ohio Review and other journals, as well as been included in the Southern Poetry Anthology: Virginia. A 2023 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, he splits his time between in Rockbridge County, Virginia and Brooklyn, New York, where he co-hosts the DGN Reading Series. Source

Poem with a Bleating Heart

Once again it is fall all around us

there are sports teams praying

for god to smite their opponents

which you know I love like I love

the idea of god walking dripless out

of the ocean a monster no one can be

sure is here to protect or destroy

our seaside cities and I love that we can

scream whatever we want knowing

it can be fixed later in the subtitles

and I love the scrub pine for looking

exactly how it sounds and I love

memory for continuing to be the past

with a leak in it somehow I love you

a little better every day surprised by it

each morning the way I am always

surprised by how goats make the sound

of drunks making goat noises





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Love & Relationships

Memory & The Past

Music & Sports

Literary Devices:


a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else

Internal Rhyme

A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


the use of more words than necessary to express meaning, redundancy


a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”