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The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway
In The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Jennifer L. Knox expands on her inimitable cast of characters, in hilariously poignant poems. In poems like "Marriage" and "One Ton of Dirt," Knox ventures further into autobiographical territory than she's ever gone before, in ways that will startle those familiar with her previous books, exploring relationships with her exes, her pa ...more
Paperback, Trade Paper Original, 84 pages
Published December 10th 2010 by Bloof Books
(first published November 15th 2010)
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Dec 01, 2010 Kevin rated it really liked it
Knox is either a crazy person with a poet's brain or a poet with a crazy person's brain. This is another audacious book by one of the funniest writers out there. There are times when the titles outshine the poems themselves (like "A Coyote Walks Into a Quizno's" and "The Earth Is Flat And So's My Ass") but there are also some unexpected serious moments that may win over some new fans. All in all, Knox is a pretty great poet to seek out if you want something wild and different.
Sometimes you get a thing where the one thing is gonna cancel out the other thing, and then you are left with, like, an easier thing, easier to manage. That is not what happens here. It just all adds up or multiplies in to more things and then it's like, is this one of those trick questions? And you go back, but it is not cancelling out, it is not suddenly simplifying into, like, a natural or real integer or whatever. So you just say, OK, I guess this is the thing here. This is what it is. But t ...more
For whatever reason, prose poems are my favorite type of poem, and Jennifer L. Knox's collection has a ton of them. I especially liked the book's middle section: a series of 15 prose poems that uses cars as the organizing principle for reflections on a wild youth and meditations about her father. I love the audacity of a poem that begins "Smoking crack for the first time" and terrified by the reveal that she's behind wheel. (I don't know Knox but I'm pretty sure I never want to get in a vehicle ...more
I heard one of the author's poems on Public Radio and got the book. Like many poets she sometimes is outstanding and mostly isn't. I'd say the same about my own work. You almost have to write a lot of OK poems to ever hit it out of the park just a few times. I'd say the work is worth reading, but remember there are lots of prose poems here, and I for one, have iffy feelings about prose poetry.
Was there another collection of poems that, upon reading them, I found myself so enormously fascinated with the imagination of the poet? So charmed by the humor contained in the verse? So captivated by the extraordinary autobiographical confessions?
There was not.
There was not.
Jennifer L. Knox was born in Lancaster, California—home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and the Space Shuttle. Her other books of poems, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me, are also available through Bloof. A volume of her verse in German, Wir Fürchten Uns, is available through Lux Books. Her poems have appeared in three volumes of the Best American Poetry series, Best American Erotic Poems, Gr ...more