“What is instantly remarkable in Again is the exquisite clarity of its imagery and its profound, fervent tone. And what I love about Lynne Knight’s poems is that they feel and sound exactly true. Hers is a voice one immediately trusts. It is sensuous, attentive, intelligent, and ruthlessly honest as she interrogates the tangled relationship between what is said or kept secret, loved or feared, lit or kept in shadows—a chiaroscuro that her poems relentlessly explore. ‘Suddenly, knowledge comes, unstoppable as water’ says Knight, and in response I’ll quote another one of her wonderful lines: ‘How beautiful it is . . . and will be when you look again.’ —Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Lynne Knight’s previous collections are Dissolving Borders (Quarterly Review of Literature), The Book of Common Betrayals (Bear Star Press), and Night in the Shape of a Mirror (David Robert Books), plus three award-winning chapbooks. Her cycle of poems on Impressionist winter paintings, Snow Effects (Small Poetry Press), has been translated into French by Nicole Courtet. Knight’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2000, and her awards include a Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest, a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and an NEA grant. She lives in Berkeley.
Publication date: 2009
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Publication of this book has been made possible by a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A podcast of Lynne’s poem “Elegy for the Parents” is on the Poetry Foundation website.
Read the interview of Lynne and review of Again in the Spring 2010 issue of Rattle (the feature article on Lynne begins on page 6).
Read Laura Moore’s review of Again in the February 10, 2010 San Francisco Examiner.
Lynne’s poem “O, Penelope!” appeared in Poetry Daily on May 23, 2009.