Steve Hinshaw, PhD
I have read McKnight’s collection, “Loud Silence.” I heard a few of these powerful poems, as read by the author, at the 4th Conference on Stigma and Discrimination in London, in 2009, but not this many, and all at once.
I continue to be impressed and moved by these Emily-Dickinson-like brief verses, which at the same time convey a wealth of images. These compact, lyrical poems are heart-felt, heartbreaking, searingly honest, and beautifully crafted. The images are both specific to the author’s experience and extremely general; they should resonate, at a deep level, with anyone touched by mental illness, personally or vicariously.