Advice for Mister Knott


  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm .

    thanks for the forewarning<br /><br />maybe we will both be charged with that High Crime of<br /> Impersonating A Poet ?<br />They tried to get me twice in the 70&#39;s:<br /> -once they accused me of being a member of a gang ..<br /><br />a card-carrying member of the Lang Gang I demanded a jury of my peers the jury selection process dragged on for 22 years they didn&#39;t know any of

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison August 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm .

    I am filing away your comment about my sanity in case I ever need you to testify in court on my behalf, Kokie. Just a heads up!

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm .

    all ways one comes (and goes) at getting a thing a poem a piece of art a novel a new hairdo ..<br /><br />any way to get &quot;it&quot; looked at or read<br />is<br />the right way<br /><br /> the poet, the poem, the reader<br />….that&#39;s an holy trinity<br /><br /> regardless of who does what to whom or why (just don&#39;t murder someone or jump off

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison August 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm .

    Olson was wrong about many things, and &quot;writing IS publishing&quot; is one of them. (I haven&#39;t run across his statement myself, but you know his work much better than I do, and it certainly sounds like Olson!) I just read <a href="; rel="nofollow">this wonderful interview</a> with Roberto Juarroz about his relationship with

  5. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker August 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm .

    as you might imagine<br />I ALMOST popped-off a comment yesterday<br /> but was knee-deep in a reply to a friend&#39;s new book<br />just published by a small press in an edition of 100<br /><br />so I said/wrote: &quot; (what is now needed) is legitimate way into another reality … distinct from the herd&#39;s mimicker-isms (ad nauseum) where not even a freshly illegitimate (in terms of

  6. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison August 4, 2011 at 4:25 am .

    It depends on one&#39;s personality, I think—the question of whether or not self-promotion harms the work. I don&#39;t think it harmed Whitman; but Emily D. certainly might have been derailed by such efforts. Of course, my advice to Mr. K. is based on my own situation, which is … well, I write only when moved to write and am not moved to write as often as other poets are, though the percentage

  7. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato August 4, 2011 at 12:54 am .

    I think none of the well-intentioned Mr. Knott&#39;s poetic energies ought to be placed in &quot;finding a &#39;real&#39; publisher&quot; but in writing only. The work must come first, always. It&#39;d be a shame for a talented individual to misdirect his energies in this way.<br /><br />Perhaps a sort of Pascalian wager is in order: even if none of Bill Knott&#39;s poetry were to be published,

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