“Could time end?” asks a poem in Route 66 and Its Sorrows. In these pages, time is the engine of desire and the vehicle of memory and dreams; here, the past is not past, and the present is stunningly alive. The journey of the book begins and ends on Route 66, taking us from Southern Missouri to the coast of California and back again and again, from lightning bugs and whippoorwills to dolphins and gray whales, from the high song of a man calling hogs to the rumble of a cable car. The dead and disappeared are here, too, as well as the living; both the lost and the found cry out for our attention, as we travel from an old kitchen in the Ozarks to the streets of San Francisco, and from the Roubidoux River to the Pacific Ocean, where the light burns and fades, and the sky throws down a hail of stars.
Carolyn Miller grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, where she was baptized in the Roubidoux River at the age of eight. Today, she lives in a Romeo and Juliet flat on the Hyde Street cable-car line in San Francisco, where she writes, paints, and works as a freelance writer/editor. Her books of poetry are After Cocteau and Light, Moving, both from Sixteen Rivers Press, and four limitededition letter-press chapbooks from Protean Press. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and American Life in Poetry, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Georgia Review, among other journals, as well as in several anthologies, including Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems: American Places. Her honors include the James Boatwright Award for Poetry from Shenandoah and the Rainmaker Award from Zone 3.
The Persistence of Longing is a catalogue of love and the transgressions that ensue in its name. Lynne Knight offers both a tender embrace and a healthy dose of fiery scorn. Knight isn't playing around, she's ready for love or she's ready to kick the crap out of love, whatever needs must.
Lynne Knight, a former fellow in poetry at Syracuse University, taught high school English in Upstate New York, and then moved to California where she taught at San Francisco Bay Area community colleges and began writing poetry again. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks. Awards for her collections include the Quarterly Review of Literature Prize and the Dorothy Brunsman Award from Bear Star Press. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Kenyon Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review. Other awards and honors include publication in Best American Poetry, the Prix de l’Alliance Française 2006, a PSA Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, the 2009 Rattle Poetry Prize, and an NEA grant.