091.1: Elizabeth Knapp:: The Oak & Spiderman on the Archaeology of Memory & Ark
13 February 2012
There is a condensed alacrity to Elizabeth Knapp’s poetry, and her speaker consistently maintains an austere clairvoyance and a sound judgment. Such alacrity is vital when each poem exhibited here begins in total and alluring chaos. In “The Oak,” for example, we accompany the speaker witnessing lightning hitting an oak tree, where two impeccable forces of nature converge, leaving us to mourn with Knapp’s speaker over “no tree, but the felled weight / of suffering.” In “Spiderman on the Archeology of Memory,” Knapp’s speaker focuses on Peter Parker, who instead of working for the Daily Bugle and pining over the magma-haired Mary Jane, begins in: