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Surrealist Verse Selected from the Books of Bill Knott Paperback – December 3, 2012


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  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481157752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481157759
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,093,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J from NY VINE VOICE on April 21, 2014
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William Kilborn Knott (17 February 1940 - 12 March 2014) was one of the most embittered, electric, and obsessively frenetic poets I have ever known. A stickler for just about everything involving poetry--and when I say stickler I mean it in the full sense of that two syllable, itchy word. He haunted the world of poets and poetry as the "man on the summit of the rock" in Poe's prose poem "Silence" haunts it's subject, and at other times illuminated it with the jagged brilliance of Poe's strange mathematical angel, "Eureka". I'm sure I'm not alone in having stalked his blog, which at times featured his thoughts on The Skull and Bones Society of Literature with the poet's recountings of George Plimpton sticking his member through Hitler's bones, and at other times making the frank admission that *all* poets who fall into full blown self hatred end up writing about Chekhov at one time or another.

It is not these exciting eccentricities that make Bill Knott memorable, though, nor the faking of his first death with "St. Geraud". It is his passionate output and fight against fight to become a better craftsman of his art, which I feel is best represented in this collection, self published through Lulu.com.

Knott had the flair of a true surrealist, and though in the introduction he makes sure that the reader knows he "doesn't care whether they are authentic surrealist poems", they most certainly are, and of a caliber rare to encounter these days. I poured over a one line poem in here for years:

"PERFECTION--

Cueballs have invented insomnia in an attempt to forget eyelids.
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