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I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 [Hardcover]

Item : I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Knott, Bill
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0374260672
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780374260675
Publisher Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages Pages : 256
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100079550

A selection of Bill Knotts life worktestimony of his enduring, thorny genius (Robert Pinsky)

Going to sleep, I cross my hands on my chest.
They will place my hands like this.
It will look as though I am flying into myself.

For half a century, Bill Knotts brilliant, vaudevillian verse electrified the poetic form. Over his long career, he studiously avoided joining any one school of poetry, preferring instead to freewheel from French surrealism to the avant-garde and back againexperimenting relentlessly and refusing to embrace straightforward dialectics. Whether drawing from musings on romantic love or propaganda from the Vietnam War, Knotts quintessential poems are alive with sensory activity, abiding by the pulse and impulse of a pure, restless emotion. This provocative, playful sensibility has ensured that his poems have a rare and unmistakable immediacy, effortlessly crystalizing thought in all its moods and tenses.

An essential contribution to American letters,I am Flying into Myselfgathers a selection of Knotts previous volumes of poetry, published between 1960 and 2004, as well as verse circulated online from 2005 until a few days before his death in 2014. His workranging from surrealistic wordplay to the anti-poem, sonnets, sestinas, and haikusall convenes in this inventive and brilliant book, arranged by his friend the poet Thomas Lux, to showcase our American Rimbaud, one of the true poetic innovators of the last century.

I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014celebrates one of poetrys most determined outsiders, a vitally important American poet richly deserving of a wider audience.

Remarkable . . . Colored with the originality and lyrical nimbleness . . . This book serves as a treasury of Knotts colossal talent--a true treasury, which merits being treasured for the way it showcases the range and consistently high quality of his poetic output . . ls)

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