/* */
jump to Main Menu or Content

The Café of Unintelligible Desire

Image of Cover of the The Café of Unintelligible Desire by Julia Knowlton Julia Caroline Knowlton September 2018
30 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1-935770-17-6

Julia Caroline Knowlton’s The Café of Unintelligible Desire is a collection of impressionistic poems largely set in Paris. But her sense of place is the landscape of relationships: the layers beneath our wish for happiness. She speaks to us with delicate, yet precise words of ever-shifting moments: intimacy and grief revealed and dissolved—our tenuous inner worlds. She writes: Everything is maybe in the cafe/ of unintelligible desire.

In her ekphrastic poem, “La Femme de Bonnard,” we revisit one of Bonnards’ many canvases of his wife Marthe bathing and Julia includes us in a new conversation: Bonnard speaks with his painting, but this time—through Julia’s words—perhaps we hear more from Marthe.

Artist Mary Shea’s “Bonnard Terrace at Vernon Study” is featured on the front cover. You’ll want to explore the poetry and images that lie within.

Here’s a sample

La Femme de Bonnard, Copyright Julia Caroline Knowlton