Readers of this blog know that one of my favorite poets is Bill Knott, whose latest collection I recently reviewed for The Bloomsbury Review. In response to that review, my friend and fellow poet Thomas R. Smith sent along his own trenchant homage to Knott. The poem is due to appear in a future issue of Tundra:
For Bill Knott
Crown-of-thorns time is over.
You should be taken down,
entombed and risen by now—
you who walk these empty streets
with your palms unbroken, still searching
for someone to crucify you.
I should add that Knott is making all of his poetry available for free in downloadable PDFs, as well as in very inexpensive on-demand editions. See his storefront at Lulu.com.