Bill Knott Poems
- Escape Plan I examine my skin searching for
- Advice From The Experts I lay down in the empty street and ...
- Cemetery Who whispers here is forgotten. Saliva's emptiest...
- Feeding The Sun One day we notice that the sun needs ...
- An Instructor's Dream Many decades after graduation the ...
- (end) Of Summer (1966) I'm tired of murdering ...
Bill Knott, originally known as Saint Giraud, was born in Carson City, Michigan. He is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston. He first received recognition with The Naomi Poems published in 1968.
He published this work under the pseudonym Saint Geraud (a figure who, it was claimed, lived from 1940 to 1966). Poet Thomas Lux wrote of the collection: “The best poems in this first collection … confront the reader with their directness and imagination …. They’re poems of anguish and frustration because the poet takes responsibility.” Knott’s poems are sometimes surreal, with startling juxtaposed images. Critic Meghan O’Rourke noted the variety of forms in Knott’s poetry, ... more »
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