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Author Militello, Jennifer, author.

Title Knock wood : a memoir / Jennifer Militello.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 MILITELLO,J    DUE 02-13-20
1 copy being processed for PAS Santa Catalina Branch On Order.
Edition First US edition.
Description 133 pages ; 22 cm
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Contents Theory of relativity -- The witnesses -- Knock wood -- Dear your honor: -- The town -- Duplex -- All the resonance of a smashed violin -- Memory as the quince -- Knock wood -- On fragility -- The problems of the mothers -- What to leave, what to unearth -- On time -- The mechanics -- Knock wood -- Why I became a criminal -- Latent print -- Procedures for an outing -- Invasive species -- Dead reckoning -- Knock wood -- The living room -- Flower girl -- The repairs -- The accidents -- Conspiracy to commit larceny -- The deaths -- Knock wood -- Vow.
Summary "In Knock Wood, the first nonfiction collection by award-winning poet Jennifer Militello, a knock on wood to ward off illness sets in motion a chain of events and memories that call into question the very structure of time. Anchored by a wooden ring, Militello explores her life through the lens of three intertwined elements: the story of a mentally ill aunt in an abusive marriage; a high school romance with a boy who eventually dies of a heroin overdose; and an extra-marital affair characterized by an otherworldly connection. Cause and effect reverse as significant events--an arrest for a felony committed in high school, a trip by train to meet an illicit lover, and a suicide attempt on those same New York tracks--seem to influence one another outside of time and space. As Militello delicately threads each memory to the next, she explores the themes of family damage and the precarious ties of love. Militello has been recognized many times for her work in poetry and prose, including honors such as the Yeats Poetry Prize from the W.B. Yeats Society of New York, the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize, and the Tupelo Press First Book Award. Her collection Body Thesaurus was named one of the top poetry books of 2013 by Best American Poetry"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Militello, Jennifer.
Poets, American -- Biography.
Women poets, American -- Biography.
Dysfunctional families.
Man-woman relationships.
Added Title Essays. Selections
ISBN 9781945814969 (paperback) : $16.95
1945814969 (paperback) : $16.95

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