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Bill Knott
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POEM That the acrobat would remain instead In the burning hoop rather than complete Their turn through it is a suspect thought.  Why Halt there in that residual nought wrought, Assault that seary vortex, flarehenge shroud,  Round and red as Plath's ovenhead...

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really creeley
it's useless to complain about prizes, but this recent award of the Robert Creeley Prize to Mary Ruefle seems ridiculous to me— why wouldn't they give it to a poet whose work has followed on and tried to adhere to the Creeley principles, like, for example, ...

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NAILBITER My habits are my help bad as they are, summoned to resurrect the Jesus I can't find the rite to rid my childhood of. Chewing my nails to nubs probably conceals some greater fault, maybe it keeps me from committing that overt evil I've eyed for lif...

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POEM IN TIEFMOS Like sponges dipped in nude a kiss of guess on the
lids-like discloses its thicket shed,
eye-cro meld— Dawn blinds hair before face or thornless angelus deceives but I faint on the
figure-eight. Apparently newshour once came to complete me b...

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red-laden nude of no vows will
not resurrect /// Half
ugghost Unghostly as Stuck Stout Aghast with desire / Fested with desire / Fetid Ghostlike with lukewarm moist anent attent appoint aroit alloin aloin affright affix * * POEM I want to commission ...

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time
in and theme out losing the footing of its fetish the train faints on the figure-8 piano keys * What becomes of the white flags after the surrender (we know what happens to the defeated: the movies have verified history or vice versa)—the museum for th...

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[title] Can I hang somewhere this empty picture frame Without making it seem a little composite Of an actual life, a painted emblem Of human significance: can I mount it So it may never notice the wall across From which its sappy doting twin appears Removed...
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