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The Naomi Poems, Book One: Corpse and Beans

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Unknown Binding, 61 pages
Published 1968 by Chicago, Follett Pub. Co.
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tortoise dreams
Apr 20, 2016 tortoise dreams rated it it was amazing
The first book by American poet Bill Knott (1940-2014).

The Fall 1966 edition of Epoch, Cornell University's literary magazine, announced, with black borders, "the death by suicide on March 2, 1966," of "St. Giraud [sic] (the pen-name of William Knott)." The announcement mentioned that the suicide note stated that he had killed himself because "I am a virgin ... No girl has ever returned my love ... I am already dead of starvation." The announcement also noted that St. Giraud's literary executor
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Vicky
Jun 16, 2010 Vicky rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: jim, paul
Shelves: poetry, favorites
good stuff, man, good stuff

"
To read the future,
gaze in your future asshole
"

and

"
GOODBYE
If you are still alive
when you read this,
close your eyes. I am
under their lids, growing black
"
Chezzie
Sep 20, 2011 Chezzie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The two stamps on the envelope says that I was the first person to check this book outta the school library since 22 May 1972. It's believable in the envelope itself, the absolutely ancient dried glue of which quickly let it come detached.

It's apparent in many of these poems that this Saint Geraud (aka Bill Knott) was quite opinionated about the Vietnam war. If that was my era I think it would have had a bigger impact, but it wasn't. I still really like how he wasn't afraid of being crude or bru
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Helly
Jan 31, 2014 Helly rated it it was amazing
Love Bill Knott...brilliant poet.
Ryan Broughman
Oct 23, 2014 Ryan Broughman rated it it was amazing
I turned the page to read the next poem to find a blank page, and then another and I experienced a longing for more in the realization that I so casually experienced the last. The unwanted finality of the last interaction with the living settling in upon news of their death.

An exceptional poet whose voice was a haunting ghost in life and is still there "under our closed eyes growing black..."

Zach
Aug 12, 2008 Zach rated it it was amazing
The best of Knott? Sooooo good.
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Bill Knott spent most of his youth in Chicago. He also taught poetry at Columbia College in Chicago in the early 1970s.

His first book was The Naomi Poems, published in 1968, under the pseudonym Saint Giraud. His many books of poetry include Auto-necrophilia, Love Poems To Myself, Rome in Rome, The Quicken Tree, Selected and Collected Poems, and Laugh At the End of the World: Collected Comic Poems
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