. . . Everyone remembers
the last time you were here,
drinking water from the hose.
Back then, you could get away
with knee socks. You could turn
a cricket into a field mouse
back then, you were just
that good . . .
-- From “Big Deal, Small Town” by Tracey Knapp
Tracey Knapp’s first book, Mouth, was published by 42 Miles Press in September 2015. Funny and wise, she gets right down to it. Every poem will surprise you, and you won’t want the pages to end. She can “turn a cricket into a field mouse”… She’s just that good.
Tracey’s work has appeared in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010 as well as Five Points, The National Poetry Review, Red Wheelbarrow Review, The New Ohio Review, The Minnesota Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Connotation Press, Painted Bride Quarterly, No Tell Motel, 236, Failbetter, La Petite Zine, Sewanee Theological Review and elsewhere.
-- Melinda Clemmons, poet of the week