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The Quicken Tree

By: Bill Knott

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Drawing from a potent mix of his American roots and the French Symbolists in a crucible of a surreal imagination, Knott stands apart from current conventions. Fascinated by the verbal texture of language, he fuses together ideas and images that challenge and bedazzle. The Quicken Tree is replete with poems that stretch the traditional boundaries of love: consummated, unrequited, and failed. Other poems, given to fictional characters, settings and circumstances, evade traditional genre definitions.

"The most original poet of my generation . . . also the greatest outsider" — Stephen Dobyns, AWP Chronicle.

Stress Therapy

Time, time, time, time, the clock
vaccinates us,
and then even that lacks
prophylaxis.
Ticktock-pockmarked, stricken
by such strokes, we
get sick of prescriptions
which work solely
on the body.
Systole diastole--
It is by its very
intermittency
that the heart knows
itself to be an I.


© BOA Editions, Ltd 1996

Available editions:
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Cloth ISBN: 1-880238-24-1
Price: $20.00
Publishing Date: January 1995
Paperback ISBN: 1-880238-25-x
Price: $12.50
Publishing Date: January 1995