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4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Eavesdroppers fear
the hermit's soliloquy.

Wake up, wound, the knife said.
--from "To Live By"

Bill Knott's poetic manner--surreal yet vernacular, outrageous and tender--is unlike anything in contemporary American verse. In The Unsubscriber, he investigates cloning laboratories and spaceships, cemeteries and battlefields, talks to Damocles and pokes fun at Hamlet, witnesses th
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published April 18th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2004)
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Sarah
Oct 30, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I have a number of thoughts here about the 3 star review. 1. Why did Bill Knott have to use the word "ecocide"? Multiple times? Ugh. 2. This book is long. I suspect were it shorter, and the ratio of awesome poems to whatever poems remained the same, I would have thought it was way better. Something about all those poems together led the really good ones to get buried among the others. 3. He gets really into footnoting and explaining his own work about halfway through. I always enjoy notes. I fin ...more
Monte
Apr 15, 2009 Monte rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Some favorite lines
Poem-Suite (for Hoko)
"A poem is a room that contains
the house it's in, the way you
accommodate me when I lie
beside you..."
Poem As Usual
"Immediately I'm dead
Body laid out straight
Please don't hesitate
Just cut off my head
Lift it and lay it a foot
Or so below my feet
shift it till I look like
an exclamation mark"
Poem a lesson from the orphanage
"If you beat up someone smaller than you
they won't (and histories prove this) tell..."
True story
" We stole the rich couple's baby
and left our
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Anney Ryan
Sep 10, 2008 Anney Ryan rated it it was amazing
I was a student in Bill Knott's poetry class, back in 2002 or 2003. I loved him as a teacher and I love him as a poet even more. His books are terrifically hard to find, but everything he's done is online. He's worth the work to find, seriously. I feel so lucky that I had him as a teacher.
Zach
Aug 12, 2008 Zach rated it really liked it
I don't come back to this book very often, but it's quite an enjoyable read.
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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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