Urban Wild by Tricia Knoll
Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet. Her kinship with urban wildlife includes tree hugging; tending butterfly, native plant, herb and vegetable gardens, and work as a Master Gardener. She lives on a heavily culverted urban creek. She is working to provide habitat to reintroduce native tree frogs. She routinely speaks to crows who ignore her – and was once bitten on the neck by a captive coyote.
She has degrees in literature from Stanford University (BA) and Yale University (MAT.) She enjoyed careers in a high school English classroom and many decades as a communications officer for the City of Portland before retirement. Her poetry and haiku appear in numerous journals and several anthologies. Urban Wild is her first chapbook.
Three poets have reviewed Urban Wild:
These striking poems carry us into the world—our world—where urban overlaps wild. Tricia Knoll’s commendable first book encompasses the fractionally tame, the feral, the indigenous, the invasive—both human and non-human. She does all this with compassion and compelling insight, evoking the wilderness created when contemporary existence takes place within the “…afterlife/ of a long-time woods.”
–Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate
Not an ordinary poet of nature, Tricia Knoll’s eye is tracking wild movement in what we call civilized.
From spiders, to the homeless, to pigeons in red shoes, Knoll notices and expresses with the keen precision of a master gardener, cultivating a new view of city life so we can admire too.
–Joan Logghe, Poet Laureate of Santa Fe 2010-2012
Tricia Knoll’s poems shake you into a new consciousness. Her poems contain serious speculations about womanhood, civic obligation, and the meaning of her beloved garden. These poems bridge social and political landscapes with a personal humility that is rare in contemporary poetry. Time and again in these poems she encounters history, family, and mortality with an eye toward sorrow and celebration and thereby shows us how to dwell in the light and the shadows of the world.
— David Biespiel
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]