2014 Winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award
by Tracey Knapp
paperback, 98 pages
"The keynotes of Mouth are rueful resiliency and brash celebration in spite of losses. Characteristically charming and dauntless poems include the comic elegy "Goodbye, Milwaukee" and the poems about unsustainable romance like "Trust Me," "Lover Walking," "Utopia, Texas," and "Adult Dating." Also, the wonderfully touching poem of romantic realism, "The Only One You'll Ever." Tracey Knapp's protagonist is a funny, brave woman who refuses to quit appreciating life ("I write to say I have not yet splattered") and who knows she should never shut up.
Tracey Knapp's Mouth sings of missed cabs, visible nipples, and awkward martinis. In other words: everything that matters. Pick striped shirts with her. Groan at the sky. Feel the moon dip into the trees. Don't be late. She has wine and cable.