The Write by Night, Episode 12
Road Trip Noir
There’s that woman you can’t tear yourself away from, you’re too stuck on her. And then there’s that woman that you just want to get away from. But you can’t. Cause she’s got somethin’ on you. In both cases, you gotta take to the road.
And, finally—that woman you truly love, want to be with forever, but the whole damn world’s getting in the way. And some men want to kill you. So, the two of you, you take to the road.
In situations like this we wind up with Gun Crazy, Detour, and They Live by Night. And that troublesome road leads straight into Cece Peri’s poem: “Trouble Down the Road.”
By way of side-roads and detours, Joe has left something for me in the “Mysterious Drawer,” and it’s sweet. Of course, he had to cat-burglar his way into my Noir space in order to plant it.
– Suzanne Lummis
Top image credit to www.Poetry.LA
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzanne Lummis, noted practitioner and exponent of NOIR POETRY, unpacks a genre infused with the ethos of mid-20th Century hard-boiled fiction and crime movies, presenting examples from poets both living and “quite dead.” An influential teacher through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and co-founder of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, Lummis produced a 2011 city-wide, 25-event series, “Night in the City: L.A. Noir Poetry, Fiction and Film.” Her 2012 essay “The Poem Noir — Too Dark to Be Depressed” (Malpais Review, Vol. 3, No. 3) is essential reading on the subject. Lummis was awarded a 2018/19 C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles) fellowship to create a series of new poems. Her most recent collection is Open 24 Hours (Lynx House Press). Her poems have appeared in three Knopf "Everyman's Poetry" anthologies, including Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem, and in The Antioch Review, New Ohio Review, Plume, The American Journal of Poetry and The New Yorker. She edited the anthology "Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond" (Pacific Coast Poetry Series/Beyond Baroque Books) named one of the Ten Best Books of 2015 in the Los Angeles Times. (Photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher)