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Night in the Shape of a Mirror, Poems by Lynne Knight

Night in the Shape of a Mirror by Lynne Knight is a haunting sequence of lyrics and narratives that explores the descent of a woman’s life into twilight and then darkness. The poet’s music, muted and graceful, guides us through the shadows.

Sample Poems by Lynne Knight

“Some poems touch us because they take us where we have been before; some poems take us where we have never been. And some poems take us to places we know deeply but are afraid—or don’t know how—to revisit. In her powerfully felt, intricately rendered poems of yearning, loss, and redemption, Lynne Knight takes us everywhere—for, as she tells us, ‘The soul is not housed. So where, in the calm after rupture, might it not go?’”—Marcia Falk, author of The Book of Blessings and The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible

“The poems in Night in the Shape of a Mirror are both fierce and delicate in their observations and metaphoric extensions. Lynne Knight handles the subject of her mother’s diminishment with a sense of wonder, sorrow, and acute empathy. Knight reveals this difficult journey with fluid grace and sensitivity. Her mesmerizing poetic voice provides great spirit and music as counterpoint to the tough truths. Her ability to weave the narrative of the body with the narrative of the heart is simply stunning. This poetry is the real thing: humane, original, and necessary.”—Kathleen Lynch, author of Hinge

“These are extraordinary poems filled with the gorgeous and excruciating truth of being mortal. Lynne Knight writes about fear and loss with breathtaking courage, finding temporary glimmers of light even in the midst of heartbreaking and inevitable darkness.”—Elizabeth Rosner, author of The Speed of Light and Blue Nude

Lynne Knight was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. She graduated from the University of Michigan and from Syracuse University, where she was a fellow in poetry. After living for several years in Canada, she returned to the States with her daughter and taught high school English in Upstate New York before moving to California in 1990. Her first collection, Dissolving Borders, won a Quarterly Review of Literature prize in 1996 and was published as part of its Contemporary Poets Series. A cycle of poems on Impressionist winter paintings, Snow Effects, appeared from Small Poetry Press as part of its Select Poets Series (2000). Her second full-length collection, The Book of Common Betrayals, won the Dorothy Brunsman Award from Bear Star Press in 2002. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ontario Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest and Southern Review. Her work has received Ithe Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award from Southern Humanities Review, and a Special Award from Blue Unicorn. One of her poems appears in Best American Poetry 2000, selected by Rita Dove. A cycle of poems, Deer in Berkeley, won the 2003 Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest. Life as Weather, another cycle, won the Editor’s Prize from Two Rivers Review in 2005. She lives in Berkeley and teaches writing part-time at two Bay Area community colleges.

ISBN: 193345623X, 88 pages, $17.00

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