Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 09/05/22

Fist Blinking

The neurodivergent
struggles to reach.
The neurodivergent
struggles to reach out.
Forget instruction manuals
and the secret scripts
of human relationships.
Hear parliamentary owls
in the evening breeze.

The neurodivergent
struggles to receive.
The neurodivergent
struggles to be received.
Stare at the ceiling
lost to time passing
but ever thankful
the roof doesn’t cave in.

A knock at the door
— Get up! Get up! Get up!
from too comfortable chair.
There is time enough
to wonder why they
didn’t use the buzzer.
The persistent knocking
reminds of the last migraine
and the one before.

The neurodivergent
is in the mirror.
The neurodivergent
is in my mirror.
Someone raises the bat,
breaks the mirror,
a shattering like that
of an old window pane.
They pick up the shards
as if mere puzzle pieces,
arranging them in ways
I must refuse.

When they raise
their voices in anger,
I smile in reflex a smile
not under my control.
They raise their volume, but
all I’ve ever known is that fear.
The scripts keep getting revised
and I just can’t keep up with it.

©2022 David Alec Knight All rights reserved.

David Alec Knight

While in high school in Chatham, Ontario, David Alec Knight and his parents were told by a teacher there that he would be lucky to finish high school, and certainly wouldn’t make it through university. One of David’s English teachers, Bernard Cameron, saw something in his poems though and encouraged him to pursue his writing. He also attended workshops led by the poet, Ted Plantos, when he was writer-in-residence at the Chatham library.

David ended the ’90s studying Creative Writing at the University of Windsor (B.A. Hon.). While there, his poems appeared in Wayzegoose, People’s Poetry Letter, and Canadian Writers Journal. Anthology appearances include, The Sandwich Mill Anthology (1997), $10.00 Cash Value: An Anthology of Assets (2000), Ellipsis… (2008), By The Wishing Tree (2021), Poets For Ukraine – Volume 1 (2022), Muse (2022),and Love Lies Bleeding (2022). Recent poems have appeared in Verse Afire, Cajun Mutt Press and The Lothlorien Poetry Journal.

David’s work journeys honestly through darkness before there is any light, so it is well earned and substantial when there is reprieve. He speaks with his own voice, but he acknowledges as inspiration and influence, Edgar Lee Masters, Carl Sandburg, Gregory Corso, Charles Bukowski, Irving Layton, Ted Plantos, E. J. Pratt, and Paul-Marie Lapointe. Margaret Atwood’s Journals of Susanna Moodie and Irving Layton’s A Wild And Peculiar Joy are most reread in his library.

Since graduating from St. Clair College in 2014/15, David has worked in healthcare as a Personal Support Worker. In 2021, he was recipient of The Ted Plantos memorial Award for Poetry. The Heart Is A Hollow Organ, David’s first book, soon followed.
Leper Mosh is David’s second collection of poems.

LEPER MOSH by David Alec Knight

Coming Soon from Cajun Mutt Press on September 20th, 2022!!!

“David Alec Knight’s ‘Leper Mosh‘ is an amalgamation of beauty and darkness. From waxing nostalgic about a youth of heavy metal, horror films, and comics to turning mirrors into windows of a woman’s soul, this book hits with full-throttle force. Even at its more bittersweet or softer moments, there is an underlying edge that runs the gamut of this book. With lines like: “Outside, distant sirens prowl. We reach for the first dark and our desires make light,” Knight’s repertoire of emotive language makes ‘Leper Mosh‘ a poignant read and a definite keeper. Any fan of poetry will love this book.”
—Heath Brougher, editor-in-chief of Concrete Mist Press

“The secret Knight is letting the reader in on… Well you already know, but you hide from it, you ignore it, you bury it. But, there is no getting past Knight’s willingness to dive into the morose, the malaise and the madness of life. This collection of poems is filled with gems and insight, and an unflinching look at a life unfurled.”
—Rob Azevado (Don’t Order The Calamari, Turning on The Wasp)

Coming Soon From Cajun Mutt Press: The Mourning Hour by Frogg Corpse

Just got the proof copy for one of our upcoming books…

The Mourning Hour by Frogg Corpse drops on October 30th!!
Cover art by Eric “Rico” Rakutt.
Chapter art by W.D. Pollard.

“A memoir that presents a philosophy of nihilism. A satire on the irony of life. A dark night of nothingness. A brutal bashing of society. A debate on the value of suicide. A self-help guide for the path to destruction. An obituary on a failed and doomed world. A revelation of personal apocalypse. THE MOURNING HOUR presents the masterpiece poem rants of Frogg Corpse, a mad genius standing on the lunatic fringe of a world gone wrong. Read at your own damn risk!”

—Ron Whitehead, U.S. National Beat Poet Laureate

Book Preview: A Home to Crouch In by Hugh Blanton

A preview of A Home to Crouch In by Hugh Blanton, dropping on April 26th! A collection of raw observations about city life by an urban recluse.

“Real life urban grit.”
—Mikko Tasanen, author of The Gift.

“As someone who had a foot in both worlds growing up, I recognize bits of myself in Hugh Blanton’s poetry. There’s the gritty face of urban life with an Appalachian point of view underlying. I’m transported to his point of view from the first phrase, every time!”
—Kelly Woodard

“Blanton’s fascinating debut conjures up an urban-scape which weaves both beauty and bleakness in equal measures via razor-sharp observation and almost back-breaking imagery. Within these pages we hear the words of solitude whispered within crowds, placed within his unique poetic narrative which pulls you along, but never lets you completely settle. A true outsider voice offering a precise documentation of city life, celebrating all its extremities, evils and joys. This is the writing of a genuine authentic, who has lived their subject matter and reported it back via this outstanding collection. I cannot recommend this book enough.”
—Jonathan Butcher, Editor at Fixator Press.

Coming Soon from Cajun Mutt Press

Our next book release is 𝘈 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘐𝘯 by Hugh Blanton and drops on April 26th!! A collection of raw observations about city life by an urban recluse.

“Real life urban grit.”

—Mikko Tasanen, author of The Gift.

“As someone who had a foot in both worlds growing up, I recognize bits of myself in Hugh Blanton’s poetry. There’s the gritty face of urban life with an Appalachian point of view underlying. I’m transported to his point of view from the first phrase, every time!”

—Kelly Woodard

“Blanton’s fascinating debut conjures up an urban-scape which weaves both beauty and bleakness in equal measures via razor-sharp observation and almost back-breaking imagery. Within these pages we hear the words of solitude whispered within crowds, placed within his unique poetic narrative which pulls you along, but never lets you completely settle. A true outsider voice offering a precise documentation of city life, celebrating all its extremities, evils and joys. This is the writing of a genuine authentic, who has lived their subject matter and reported it back via this outstanding collection. I cannot recommend this book enough.”

—Jonathan Butcher, Editor at Fixator Press.

Coming Soon From Cajun Mutt Press

Keep your eyes peeled May 25th for our next book release, I Hear Your Music Playing Night and Day by Dave O’Leary!I

I Hear Your Music Playing Night and Day is “a great collection with a heaviness that sticks with you. Yet there’s a sense of levity and love, like hope, shining through…By the way, it reads very nicely while listening to Mad Season.”
Clint Brownlee, author of Pearl Jam’s Vs. (33 1/3, Volume 154)

“Here, Dave O’Leary lays down the truth of the matter – school days, bus days, days spent in Korea, days here at home in the United States, loves lost, life gained and just a touch – just a touch, mind you – of it all on the edge. Not every book is worth laying your hard-earned money for but, trust me, you can only come out a winner with Dave here. He’ll take you right through the eye of the beast and out the other side. And you’ll be glad you came.”
Will Mayo, author of The Shells Encasing Our Nothingness