Bill Knott

[Saint Geraud] (1940 - 2014 / Carson City, Michigan)

Bill Knott Poems

41. Cemetery 1/3/2003
42. Feeding The Sun 1/3/2003
43. Another Hole For W.R Rodgers 3/8/2012
44. Goodbye 1/3/2003
45. Poem (Chicago) 1/3/2003
46. Death 1/3/2003
47. Advice From The Experts 1/3/2003
48. Hair Poem 1/3/2003
49. Escape Plan 1/3/2003
50. Fragments From The Beach 1/3/2003
51. An Instructor's Dream 1/13/2003

Comments about Bill Knott

  • Walterrean Salley (11/29/2016 7:49:00 PM)

    I'm just learning of Bill Knott, and have enjoyed reading his works. Very interesting; his verses go deep. Deepest regrets in learning of his death.

    **For Leona Person: Concerning the poem- 'Advice from the Experts' by Bill Knott. The experts were onlookers - those people who advised the poet not to jump in his attempt to commit ‘suicide.’ Thankfully, he took their advice and his life was spared.

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  • Johnny Case (3/24/2014 10:03:00 PM)

    I've long considered Bill Knott to be among the best poets of our time.
    March 12th,2014 will be known as a sad day for American poetry.

  • Leona Person (11/5/2011 12:37:00 PM)

    What does advice from the experts mean

  • Mo. (1/31/2008 2:17:00 PM)

    Congratulations on your books, Bill!

Best Poem of Bill Knott

An Instructor's Dream

Many decades after graduation
the students sneak back onto
the school-grounds at night
and within the pane-lit windows
catch me their teacher at the desk
or blackboard cradling a chalk:
someone has erased their youth,
and as they crouch closer to see
more it grows darker and quieter
than they have known in their lives,
the lesson never learned surrounds
them; why have they come? Is
there any more to memorize now
at the end than there was then"
What is it they peer at through shades
of time to hear, X times X repeated,
my vain efforts to corner a ...

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Fragments From The Beach

(Nonasyllabics)

In retrospect the tragic nature
of sea is a taste wept too daily,
too depleted by freedom's rupture;
the eyes have other secrets to see

and deeper use for the detritus
within us: the bright effluvium

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