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The Naomi Poems, Book One: Corpse and Beans

4.66 of 5 stars 4.66  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Unknown Binding, 61 pages
Published 1968 by Chicago, Follett Pub. Co.
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Jun 16, 2010 Vicky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jim, paul
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good stuff, man, good stuff

To read the future,
gaze in your future asshole


If you are still alive
when you read this,
close your eyes. I am
under their lids, growing black
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
Love Bill Knott...brilliant poet.
Ryan Broughman
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..."

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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