About Bill KnottBill Knott, born in Carson City (Michigan) on February 17, 1940 and died on March 12, 2014 (aged 74), was an American poet and professor. Knott graduated from Norwich University and studied under John Logan in Chicago. His first collection of poetry, The Naomi Poems: Corpse and Beans, was published in 1968 as Saint Geraud, an imaginary author who allegedly committed suicide two years before publication. Bill Knott was strongly influenced by European and South American poets as well as by some American authors like James Wright and W.S. Merwin. We thus find in The Naomi Poems: Corpse and Beans the influence of Rimbaud, Trakl, Char, Vallejo, Desnos or Lorca. Bill Knott kept a blog, a true work in progress of these works. Knott taught at Emerson College for more than 25 years, published many books of poetry, and was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship.
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And upsidedown in the earth a dead man walks upon my soles when I walk.