The way the world is not Astonished at you It doesn't blink a leaf When we step from the house Leads me to think That beauty is natural, unremarkable And not to be spoken of Except in the course of things The course of singing and worksharing The course of squeezes and neighbors The course of you tying back your
Bill Knott was born on February 17, 1940, in Carson City, Michigan. The author of over ten books of poetry and numerous self-published volumes, Knott received an MFA from Norwich University in Vermont and taught at Emerson College in Boston for many years. His first book, The Naomi Poems, Book One: Corpse and Beans (Chicago, Follett Pub. Co., 1968) was published under the pseudonym Saint Geraurd in 1968. In an interview with the online poetry journal Memorious, Knott spoke about the way in which he made his poems available to the public: "I started my blog to vanity-publish my poems, and to offer downloads of the vanity-book files, which heretofore I’ve been printing and distributing myself…From 1990 to the present, the booklets have been my routine. They’ve kept me going. If I had had to rely on real publishers to present my work, I might very well have stopped writing altogether." His honors include the Iowa Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Knott, who was living in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on March 12, 2014.