Because I am an Inquisitive Eater...

I'm honored to be the Poet of the Month at The Inquisitive EaterThe New School's food mag. The first piece up is a love poem to my get-er-done man. They'll be posting other food/environmental poems, as well as an excerpt from the culinary memoir I've been working on (!) Thanks so much, Laura Cronk, for thinking of me!

Poet of the Month: 'Field Guide Acknowledgements,' by Jennifer L. Knox

Some plants' names just came to me like that! Even in Latin: "Worry Wartius!" You're getting smarter, I assured myself in the hotel pool. I was proud of myself: it's hard to swim and think at the same time. But soon other names stopped sticking to the chalkboard.

MYCO-WOW

The Red Lady of El Mirón. Died: about 18,700 years ago. Found in her teeth: mushroom spores.

The Red Lady of El Mirón. Died: about 18,700 years ago. Found in her teeth: mushroom spores.

Our weekend at the Mycelium Mysteries Women's Mushroom Retreat was MIND BLOWING. And not because we ate the magic kind. Thank you, Midwest Women's Herbal Conference, for cultivating this incredible network of goddesses, mycophiles, healers, teachers, and learners. 

Below is the list of spices we used. I'll be posting my shitake soup recipes here soon! 

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I'm NOT Talking About Poetry with Kyle Flak at Maudlin House

This was harder than Billy on the Street, and I couldn't get my buzzer to work. Thanks for having me on anyway, Kyle Flak! Keep asking the tough questions!

POETS NOT TALKING ABOUT POETRY: JENNIFER L KNOX

JENNIFER L KNOX is the author of DAYS OF SHAME AND FAILURE (Bloof Books, 2015), THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN DRIVEWAY (Bloof Books, 2010), DRUNK BY NOON (Bloof Books, 2007), and A GRINGO LIKE ME (Bloof Books, 2005). * GUESS HOW MANY POTATOES ARE IN THAT OLD BURLAP SACK OUT IN FRONT OF MY UNCLE BOB'S BROKEN TAN VAN?

"Crushing It" in OLM

I'm honored to be included in the new issue of Open Letters Monthly! This diddy is the title poem of my new book. Thanks for having me, Maureen Thorson!

Crushing It | Open Letters Monthly - an Arts and Literature Review

I don't wanna brag but I'm pretty sure I got the highest score ever on the ADHD test. The best part was when Mike asked me to juggle a hatchet, a balloon full of pudding, and a hamster and I was all, "Hold my beer, Mike!" Hokay... I tanked it.

"The New Let's Make a Deal" gets a close read by Adam Sol on How a Poem Moves!

Thank you for the deep, thoughtful read, Adam Sol. I've been a big fan of How A Poem Moves since the start of the project and am so honored to be included. It was indeed Typhoon Haiyan that's referred to in the poem. In an earlier draft, it was named. Except for the internal voices, the poem's a report of what I saw on TV while I was waiting for an allergy shot.

https://howapoemmoves.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/jennifer-l-knox-the-new-lets-make-a-deal/

Three poems up at Typo Mag

Check 'em owt! And check owt this lineup!

BRIANNA ALBERS
ELOISA AMEZCUA
ZOHAR ATKINS
BECCA BARNISKIS
ROSEBUD BEN-ONI
CHRISTOPHER BLACKMAN
EMILY CARR
LIGHTSEY DARST
ADAM DAY
KATHERINE FACTOR
CONNOR FISHER
KATE GREENSTREET
RICHIE HOFMANN
JENNIFER L. KNOX
CHRISTOPHER KONDRICH
NATHAN LIPPS
RAYMOND MCDANIEL
SARA MUMOLO
ERIC PANKEY
ALLAN PETERSON
THIBAULT RAOULT
F. DANIEL RZICZNEK
KENT SHAW
ADAM STRAUSS
TERRELL JAMAL TERRY
JOANNA C. VALENTE

Thanks, Adam Clay, for running such a hot shop!

A New Poem up at Plume!

I love Plume, and Daniel lawless, who is an amazing, tireless advocate for poetry. We're lucky to have him and Plume.

It's Not Your Fault

It's Not Your Fault The brass lamp in your window, warm honey heat humming in the frozen prairie February dawn when everything's a stone of cold, may have yoo-hooed at the hobo teetering on his tattooed lip of murder, but it didn't open the door. It's a lamp. It's handless.

"Our Friends Above the Equator" is up at Berfrois!

Lovely Russell Bennetts at Berfrois has posted my crazy (technically challenged) video and the parodic poem that inspired it because he is a champion.

"This film poem was inspired by a trip to the dentist office after watching a documentary about New Zealand birds. As I sat there with the nitrous oxide mask on my face, I recalled the incredulity of the documentary’s speaker—“Can a bird really be that smart?” I laughed out loud. Of course, it can! My brain said, “That’s like asking if tits are smart.” The poem grew from there. I was inspired to turn it into a film by long-time friend and poet Nicole Santalucia's original artwork" which is all about animals with tits!

Hail, nitrous! Maybe NSFW if your work hates tits.

David Attenborough, this is for you.

Jennifer L. Knox reads 'Our Friends above the Equator' - Berfrois

With their dazzling colors and virtuosic range of calls, it's no wonder tits have been the subject of the world's greatest art, music, and literature. But aside from their beauty, their bold curiosity, and comically destructive behavior, what do we really know about tits?

"Charlie Vestal's Memorial Service"

A poem of mine's up in Tupelo Quarterly's latest issue, TQ12. I wrote it after attending the memorial service of a much beloved Ames local, Charlie Vestal, who I never met.

Charlie Vestal's Memorial Service by Jennifer L. Knox

You'd show up in pajama pants and slippers to dig ditches for the old boy at the mic. He knew you'd always be an hour late, he says, and then you'd have to go get breakfast which took another hour, then another hour to eat it. Laughter.

Are you a wiz with math and computers?

My FIL came up with a great idea last night: Someone could make a website that counts the money we're spending on security for Dump's massive  pinhead brood, his weekly trips to Smeara Lardo, and all the rest, in real time. Then we can also have a counter showing the $ Obama spent after being in office for the same amount of time. You could show how Dump blows through more of our cash in a weekend golf outing than the National Endowment for the Arts' entire annual budget, the wonderful people who brought us King Tut. You could have a little pop-up counter for your desktop, or make it into an app. I said, "I'll throw that out on soc med. Maybe someone will make it." 

"Bird of Mouth is spreading"!

Here's a wonderful write-up about Iowa Bird of Mouth for the Iowa Arts Counci blog.

"The list of contributors includes writers of all levels, from a National Book Award nominee to preschoolers, from Iowa and beyond. Nobody has to sign their name, so it’s hard to tell who they are, but collectively, they’ve written some 'knockout' stuff every single month, Jennifer said."

Crow-dsourcing verses at the Clarke County Arts Council. Awesome people!

Crow-dsourcing verses at the Clarke County Arts Council. Awesome people!