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Becos: Poems

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Hardcover, 65 pages
Published April 28th 1983 by Vintage Books USA (first published 1983)
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Felix Purat
Jul 16, 2015 Felix Purat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Knott is a relatively little known poet from Chicago who recently passed away. He started by self-publishing his poems (before the Internet), and while not achieving the renown of other more well known poets he was good enough to get numerous poet-in-residence positions and have this collection, Becos, published by Random House.

While I have read better verse, I genuinely liked these poems. Knott has an originality that is lacking in American poetry, a tradition which people think is greate
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Patricia Murphy
Jan 13, 2014 Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing
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I had the great privilege to study with Bill at Emerson College in the early 90's. I have many memories of him, but the most salient is when he asked if he could buy one of my lines for $10. I should have said yes, because I find it pretty easy to write a good line, but Bill Knott actually knows what to do with them. I love his poems. And I enjoyed revisiting this book.

Some of my favorite moments here:

"now we argue over which criteria
gravity uses to select its victims"

"I call my goodbyes home in
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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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