Today's poem is "An Understanding Unnaturally Prolonged"
from Stigmata Errata Etcetera

Saturnalia Books

Bill Knott is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Stigmata Errata Etcetera (Saturnalia Books, 2007). He teaches creative writing at Emerson College.

Other poems by Bill Knott in Verse Daily:
September 12, 2005:   "Smatches" " An ocean must prove itself by puddles..."
June 1, 2003:  "First Thing" "A dead dog at the bottom of my pram..."
May 20, 2003:  "Succession" "On the welcome mat the foot announces knee..."
May 13, 2003:  "The Sightstop" "To spell amid a tree's sundapples..."

About Stigmata Errata Etcetera:

"Knott builds out of fragments; he erases himself. How appropriate that these poems should be accompanied by a suite of collages, in which bits and pieces both make a new whole and remain, distinctly, bits and pieces. Star Black's evocative work here draws upon the vocabulary of surrealism, but like Knott himself, she turns those strange juxtapositions and eruptions of dreaming to her own uses.... These two not-so-different sorts of creation together point back to the mystery of origins: the new arises, out of its polyglot beginnings, one unlikely thing rubbing up against another. Found things, assembled with the strange freshness of the ordering eye or ear, bring new and distinct presences into the world."
—Mark Doty

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