Bill Knott Poems
- Advice From The Experts I lay down in the empty street and ...
- Escape Plan I examine my skin searching for
- (end) Of Summer (1966) I'm tired of murdering ...
- Flashbacks All it takes is Laura Riding's riding- crop ...
- Fragments From The Beach (Nonasyllabics) In retrospect ...
- An Instructor's Dream Many decades after graduation the ...
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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Advice From The Experts
I lay down in the empty street and parked
My feet against the gutter's curb while from
The building above a bunch of gawkers perched
Along its ledges urged me don't, don't jump.