Today's poem is "Afterbirth"
from Defying the Flat Surface
The Ledge Press
Lynne Knight's first collection, Dissolving Borders, won a Quarterly Review of Literature prize in 1996 and appeared in its Contemporary Poetry Series. Her second book, Snow Effects, reflects Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige, the first exhibition devoted to Impressionist winter landscapes; it was chosen as one of Small Poetry Press's Select Poets Series. Knight was awarded the 2002 Dorothy Brunsman Award from Bear Star Press for her second full-length collection, The Book of Common Betrayals. Night in the Shape of a Mirror, Knight's third full-length collection, a sequence of poems on her mother's descent into dementia, appeared from David Robert Books in 2006. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Poetry. Her has received the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from Poetry Society of America, a Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest and a Theordore Christian Hoepfner Award from Southern Humanities Review. A cycle of poems, Deer in Berkeley won the 2003 Sow's Ear chapbook contest; another, Life as Weather, won the Editor's Prize from Two River Review in 2005. She lives in Berkeley, CA, and teaches writing at two Bay Area community colleges.
All the poems by Lynne Knight that have appeared on Verse Daily:
June 13, 2006: "Cell Talk" " I ate and ate, all mouth...."
September 27, 2005: "Vermont Barn" " The barn is so weathered it may collapse..."
February 16, 2005: "Letter To An Old Lover" "What kind of quarrel would go on so long..."
February 6, 2005: "A Sentimental Education" "Then I thought all I had to do was close my eyes..."
May 24, 2004: "First Year of My Mother's Dementia" "I opened the door and flicked on the lights..."
April 16, 2004: "To a Friend Unable to Write" "It looks like nothing much, a scene..."
August 2, 2003: "Body in Late Meditation" "An hour from now the river will be grey..."
June 13, 2003: "Driving Through the Valley" "Nothing all that strange about the scene..."
December 10, 2002: For a Friend Whose Love Has Left "For a week now, the deer has been roaming...."
November 25, 2002: Letter After the Diagnosis "This is the window I love best. It looks down..."
Books by Lynne Knight: The Book of Common Betrayals, Night in the Shape of a Mirror, SNOW EFFECTS: Poems on Impressionists in Winter, Deer in Berkeley
Other poems on the web by Lynne Knight:
Lynne Knight's Home Page.
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