Quicken Tree

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Bill Knott first received public attention with The Naomi Poems in 1968. His poetry startles us, drawing from a potent mix of his American roots and the French Symbolists in a crucible of a surreal imagination. The author of several collections, Knott always stands apart from current conventions, fascinated by the verbal texture of language, fusing ideas and images that challenge and bedazzle. The Quicken Tree is replete with poems that stretch the traditional boundaries of love: consummated, unrequited and ...
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Overview

Bill Knott first received public attention with The Naomi Poems in 1968. His poetry startles us, drawing from a potent mix of his American roots and the French Symbolists in a crucible of a surreal imagination. The author of several collections, Knott always stands apart from current conventions, fascinated by the verbal texture of language, fusing ideas and images that challenge and bedazzle. The Quicken Tree is replete with poems that stretch the traditional boundaries of love: consummated, unrequited and failed. Other poems, given to fictional characters, settings and circumstances, evade traditional genre definitions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880238257
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Pages: 75
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Symmetry 11
Stress Therapy 12
Vision of the Goddess in a City Summer 13
The Seven Last Words of Sofia Gubaidulina 14
Frozen 16
Emigrations 17
(Plea, Hopeless, Sub Voce) 21
Envy-Erot-Etcet 22
At My Grandclone's Grave 23
Another Hole for W.R. Rodgers 24
In Memoriam 25
To the Emblematic Hourglass of my Father's Skull 26
Futurism 27
Menagerie of the Aediles 31
Breath/Lost 32
Grant Proposal (Category: Performance Arts) 34
The Hunger 35
The Sonnet in ix 36
Epigram (Plus ca change...) 37
Christmas at the Orphanage 38
2 Futilists 39
7 1/2 Poems to, for, and about RN 40
(Poem) (Chicago) (1967) 45
Lines from Dayton, Ohio 46
Untitled 47
Quickie 48
See Note First 49
Escape Plan 50
More Morgue 53
Today's Story (Oh, Synesthesia! #4) 54
Pilgrimage 56
Ledgelife 61
Romance (Hendecasyllabics) 62
Crapshoot 63
Two or Three Sites from a Failed Affair 65
I Should Hope So 66
Contemporary Outremerican Poetry 67
The Lost Things 68
The Man Who Married His Checkout Lane 69
Unredeemed 70
Another First Kiss: To - 74
Homicidal Domicile II: Night of the No-par 75
Oct-Nov (Michigan Memory #4) 76
Lines from Future Poems 77
Acknowledgments 79
About the Author 81
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