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February 17, 2022


I remember I had a short correspondence with Knott--he would send me these-self-published chapbooks of his, with made up bad reviews on the back

I love Knott's poetry, and also love his withdrawal from the world. I was really pleased to get a review of one of his books into the Times:

May Bill rest in peace and poetry! He was a one of a kind. Thank you for posting this, David.

Thank you, Ken. It was a pleasure to read your notice, succinct and convincing.

He was my teacher. Maddening at times but ever brilliant, he taught me what poetry is.

I'll never forget Bill.

I had a chance to write at length about his last self-published book for Poetry Foundation a couple of months before he died. I really hope he had a chance to read it first:

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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