From a short poetry collection with the working title, “Landmarks.” Landmarks, as we know, are a feature of a landscape that is easily seen from a distance—an object that enables someone to establish their location. In Knapp’s earlier writings, he often stays tethered to more private landmarks: his hometown, his friendships, his emotions—and, he believes, fears the “otherness” that lays beyond them. In this collection, he certainly keeps one eye on those points—after all, one’s personal experience is all he knows—but has also tried to find the “other”—to find more collective landmarks to triangulate his experience as somewhere between them.
Knapp, Noah, "Excerpts from Student Poetry Portfolio" (2022). Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day (2018-). 193.