Check out poet Carol Lynne Knight at the Midtown Reader event
Carol Lynne Knight is not only a poet, but a documentary filmmaker — of his own life.
Not just a literary lyricist, but a writer who is willing to hold up a mirror to examine the parts most of us keep locked away, the memories we’ve hidden, the historical fragments of ourselves so tightly hidden that it it might take a detective to find the parts.
And in his new book of poetry, “If I Go Missing” (Fernwood Press, April 25, 2022, paperback, $17), Knight does just that by calling for help from two dozen beloved sleuths — among them, Sherlock Homes, Detectives Kurt Wallander, Veronica Mars, Maverick, Columbo, and the folks at CSI and NYPD Blue.
Knight will give a talk and book reading at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 at downtown drive1123 Thomasville Road.
Used almost as “stand-ins” in her own search for the parts of her life that shimmered somewhere between sunlight and shadow, Knight used the ingenious trope of television and literary sleuths whom she asks, “If I disappear…” how will you find me?
Beginning many of the 47 poems in the collection with a kind of invitation: “If I am accused…”; “If my car was found abandoned…”; If you lose me in New York…”; “If I’m arrested…” Knight then provides “clues,” “traces” of his experiences as the ex-wife of a South Florida cop, his infidelities, and the emotional adventures of his own life. , sometimes reckless and sometimes looking for direction.
In the exquisite language for which Knight is known in her other collections of poetry, “A Fretted Terrain”, “Like Mars” and “Quantum Entanglement”, here she seeks the help of “professionals” to rediscover and redefine the person you she seems to have lost.
With some poems filled with humor and irony, others screaming with anger, and some heartbreaking, there is luxurious language and enough metaphors and similes to satisfy the most lyrical reader: “.. .the lights on the bridge stained with fog”; “the sun…a quiet lemon hurrying over the long low deck…”; “Forget Her Fake Kiss – A Dream Snake Crawling Through the Hall”; and the devastating, “And six weeks later, (fallen) in a wedding dress, a wedding – an epic of habit, with a shelf for every passion, a jar for every angry word, until the betrayal replaces ritual, until enthusiasm conforms to hollow, perfect silence.
Knight’s life is currently bathed in words. She is co-director of Anhinga Press. She has edited and designed more than 100 literary publications by nationally renowned poets.
She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Bowers House, and her work has appeared in dozens of literary journals and collections. She has exhibited drawings, pottery, sculpture and digital images in the eastern United States. And in other lives, she worked as an art teacher, potter, videographer, editor and graphic designer.
But lest any reader stray from this elegant treasure trove of poems that touch on dark subject matter, rest assured that from the virtuoso blurring of space-time of “Riding Shotgun” and the provocative catharsis of “Lipstick,” emerges a triumphant finale and entirely “found” voice in the poem “Just Rising”, a declaration of a woman who needs no outside help to find herself. And who asks Sherlock and Watson to go smoke.
If you are going to
What: Carol Lynne Knight reads “If I Disappear”
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13
Where: Midtown Reader, 1123 Thomasville Road
Marina Brown can be reached at [email protected] Brown is the author of the 2020 RPLA Gold Medal-winning novel, “The Orphan of Pitigliano,” and an award-winning volume of poetry, “The Leaf Doesn’t Believe It Shall Fall.”
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