Ambition’s Outfit by Tricia Knoll

Background photo: Circe Denyer/PDP, CC0. Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Background photo: Circe Denyer/PDP, CC0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Tricia Knoll probably sends more postcards than all her friends combined — there is nothing like getting real mail in the mail box. She wrote a poem called “What I’m Famous For” that has these lines:

I’m famous for sending postcards.

I write on the back of the images the world

offers, a panorama down the Columbia River Gorge

or the lithograph of a girl fleeing a courtroom crowd

to net a butterfly before it scoots out an open window.

Who else sends handwritten snippets of poems

to the man who tiptoes into my yard to steal a ripe tomato,

or the naturalist who wrote an obit for a wolf named Romeo?

That said, she is an Oregon poet. Urban Wild is a chapbook based on interactions between humans and wildlife in urban habitat. Ocean’s Laughter (Aldrich Press, 2016) combines lyric and eco-poetry to look at change over time in a small Oregon town on the northern coast, Manzanita. Knoll loves publication of her poems online and keeps a running record at her website: triciaknoll.com. She has also worn a hard hat a time or two, standing by the trenches of a water utility.

The author.

The author.

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