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Laugh at the End of the World: Collected Comic Poems, 1969-1999

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Bill Knott, said Marvin Bell, "can sing like an open-throated nightingale or twist the neck of syntax until it turns blue". Laugh at the End of the World is Knott at his best, a collection of three decades of comic poems showcasing his versatility and iconoclastic wit. Moving between free verse and rhyme, Knott's poems are propelled by startling syntax, irreverent observat ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by BOA Editions
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Kristen Hoggatt
Sep 02, 2009 Kristen Hoggatt rated it it was amazing
Bill Knott is constantly inventing. Many established poets develop their style and ride it out to the end, but Knott's style is ever-evolving and ingenious. My mouth is open in awe, though I think lumping all these poems into a "comic" classification misleads the reader into thinking that all these poems are "funny" in the traditional sense--some are funny (in a ha ha way), some are darkly funny, some quite honestly frighten me; "Laught at the End of the World" is a perfect title.
Peter Landau
Apr 21, 2014 Peter Landau rated it really liked it
The obituary is my first stop reading the newspaper. It’s where I’ve discovered many a great talent, too late for them, but a windfall for me. Bill Knott, however, never made it to the obituary pages of The New York Times (he did get a mention, though, in its Sunday Book Review). I have to thank the blog HTMLGIANT.com for that discovery. Even though Knott put all his work online for free, I searched out used copies of his out-of-print books, and decided LAUGH AT THE END OF THE WORLD: COLLECTED C ...more
Caleb
Jul 11, 2015 Caleb rated it really liked it
This is THE Bill Knott collection to read, a fine retrospective of his work, showcasing his various language experiments over 3 decades. Strange and beautiful.
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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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