Knott Politics


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm .

    Thanks, Ed. Good to see Thomas Lux out there stumping for Bill&#39;s <i>Selected</i>….

  2. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker January 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm .

    here is something re: Bill&#39;s &quot;stuff&quot; :<br /><br /><br /><br />

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm .

    Bill, I wish you&#39;d do one of your close readings on a Robbins poem. His most famous piece (the one with the lines &quot;you shouldn’t drink diarrhea / unless you bring enough for everybody&quot;) might be a place to start. It&#39;s easy to praise to condemn any writer without specifics. I happen to think that Robbins&#39; specifics provide rope enough to hang him, but I one of your

  4. Bill Knott
    Bill Knott January 23, 2013 at 5:44 am .

    Robbins doesn&#39;t need me to defend his work, but I&#39;ll just reiterate that I think<br /><br />he is a massively talented writer, and anything he publishes is worth<br /><br />reading, even this deadline occasional verse—<br /><br />

  5. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 23, 2013 at 3:50 am .

    Do I call you Ted, Hash, or Berryman? I&#39;ll go with Ted. I read your send-up of Robbins and got a big kick out of it. Keep after it!

  6. tedhashberryman
    tedhashberryman January 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm .

    Joseph, Thank you for being one of the few dissenting opinions on this poem. It blew my mind to see so many residents of the internet praising it, some even going so far as to call it &quot;brilliant&quot;. In fact, I wrote my own blog post about this poem that you can read <a href="

  7. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm .

    It&#39;s certainly not the stance I object to, Bill. (The subject deserves trenchant treatment.) It&#39;s the content, such as it is. But it may just be that I&#39;m out of the pop-cult loop enough to miss the relevance of Mark Hamill, a camel, an Ernie, and a bomb bay door in the context of drone strikes. I continue to think Robbins must have been drunk or otherwise altered when he wrote it.

  8. Bill Knott
    Bill Knott January 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm .

    and he deserves praise for the adversarial content of his poem—<br /><br />did any of the other commissioned poems even reference the starwars drones used by the Obama administration?—<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

  9. Bill Knott
    Bill Knott January 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm .

    Joe, I appreciate your kind words about my &quot;political&quot; poems,<br /><br />but I think you&#39;re being too harsh on the Robbins effort . . . no, it is not one of <br />his best, but it was occasioned/commissioned and is indeed a &#39;deadline&#39; poem,<br />and has to be read with those conditions and qualifications in mind . . . given<br />those limitations, I think what he wrote is

  10. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker January 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm .

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