ABOUT JEFF KNORR
Jeff Knorr is originally from northern California (San Leandro). An avid outdoorsman, he grew up camping and backpacking in Yosemite National Park where many of these poems are rooted. currently, he teaches writing and literature at Clackamas Community College, where he also co-edits the Clackamas Literary Review. He resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and son.
Standing Up to the Day
"Standing Up to the Day conjures those sacred moments when the human and natural worlds converge. Expect illuminating encounters with coyote and deer, jay and heron, meadowgrass and wisteria. In this compelling debut, Jeff Knorr bears witness to those magical occasions when we unburden our human loads and celebrate nature's grace."
"In deceptively simple language (consider the nuances of the title), these brief and quiet poems probe the common dichotomies of our livesthe fractured either/or way we position ourselves in the western world: present/past, song/silence, man/nature, alive/dead, awake/asleep, day/night. At their best, the poems in Standing Up to the Day celebrate those joyous moments when we forget the fracture and feel the wholeness of our lives, and mostly 'it is the small things we feel.' Knorr has an eastern-like knack for observing those small things. These are fine poemssubtle, intelligent, best enjoyed during our quietest hours."
Standing Up To The Day
There is a jays nest
The chicks sing
Somewhere there is a colt sleeping
Somewhere on a river bottom
The sun stands up in the day,
And I become alive,