Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak - Elizabeth Knapp
Winner of the 2019 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize “From Koko the Gorilla to the ghosts of Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, and the ghosted culture left by Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress and Hillary Clinton’s woods, Elizabeth Knapp astounds us with her tonal range and tribal-American fluency. She is a high stylist and formal master, convincing us not so much of Baudrillard’s notion that “more and more information” leads to “less and less meaning,” but that more information forces us to excavate newer meanings ... Her poems clatter, clang, and hurt—fiercely memorable in the “shopping cart” of our minds.” —Mark Irwin