Carol Lynn Knight Not only a poet, but a documenter – from her own life.
Not only a literary lyricist, but a writer who likes to hold a mirror to examine the parts most of us remain closed to, the memories we hid away, the historical parts to ourselves so tightly hidden, it might take an investigator to find the pieces.
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And in her new collection of poetry, “If I Go Missing,” (Fernwood Press, April 25, 2022, paperback, $17) Knight does just that as she enlists the help of twenty lovable detectives—including Sherlock Homes, Detectives Kurt Wallander, and Veronica Mars. , Maverick, Colombo, and individuals from CSI and NYPD Blue.
Knight will give a talk and read from the book at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13 at Midtown Reader1123 Thomasville Road.
Almost employed in her own search for the parts of her life that shimmer somewhere between sunlight and shadow, Nate employs the illustrious metaphor of television and literary detectives who ask, “If I lose…” How do you find me?
Many of the 47 poems in the collection began with some kind of call: “If you are accused …”; “If my car is found abandoned…”; If You Lost Me in New York City…”; “If I Get Caught…” Then Knight provides “evidence” and “implications” of her experiences as the ex-wife of a South Florida policeman, his infidelities, and the adventures of her love life, sometimes reckless, and sometimes searching about direction.
In the fascinating language that Knight is best known for in her other poetry books, “Fritted Land, Like Mars” and “Quantum Entanglement,” here she enlists the help of the “professionals” to rediscover and redefine the person she seems to have. Lost.
With some poems full of humor and sarcasm, others screaming angrily, and still others heart-breaking, there is luxurious language, metaphor, and simile enough to satisfy the most lyrical reader: “…the lights on the bridge are smoggy”; “The sun … a quiet lemon pressing on the long low bridge …”; “Forget the false kiss – the dreaming snake slips into the hallway”; And the destroyer, “And after six weeks, (fallen) in a wedding dress, a marriage—an epic of habit, with a shelf for every passion, a jar for every angry word, until infidelity takes the place of ritual, so that care may be taken to conform to a hollow and complete silence.”
Nate’s life is full of words right now. She is co-director of Anhinga Press. She has edited and designed more than 100 literary publications by nationally known poets.
Knight was included in the critically acclaimed photography exhibition, “Women Among Us,” which is on display at Lemoyne Gallery, and is due to be shown at the Florida Capitol, while also designing the accompanying book.
She is a fellow of the Hembidge Center for the Arts and Pete Powers, and her work has appeared in dozens of magazines and literary collections. Drawings, pottery, sculptures, and digital photographs have been exhibited in the eastern United States. In another life, she worked as an art teacher, potter, videographer, copywriter, and graphic designer.
But lest the reader be ashamed of this elegant collection of poems touching on dark themes, rest assured that from the blurring of space and time in “Riding Shotgun” and the bold catharsis of “Lipstick” arises a final and complete victory “found” a voice in the poem, “Just Rising” , is a woman who never needs outside help to locate her. And who offers Sherlock and Watson to smoke.
if you go
what or what: Carol Lynn Knight reading from “If I Go Missing” with local writers Mary Jane Ryals, Melanie Rawls, Michael Trammel, Rick Campbell, Anne Meisenzahl and Donna Decker to celebrate Knight’s 75th birthday
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13th
where: Midtown Reader, 1123 Thomasville Rd
Marina Brown can be contacted at email@example.com. Brown is the author of the 2020 RPLA Gold Medal novel, “The Orphan of Pitigliano,” and award-winning poetry volume, “The Leaf Don’t Believe It Will Fall.”
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