Bill Knott

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

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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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  • Rookie - 125 Points 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.

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

    What does advice from the experts mean

  • Rookie Mo. (1/31/2008 2:17:00 PM)

    Congratulations on your books, Bill!

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