Saturday, June 11, 2011

He bills me, he bills me not

The woman who wrote the Truly Tasteless Jokes books ("writing" a joke book is more of an editorial job) used the punny nom de plume Blanche Knott. I relayed this to John and he realized that Bill Knott has, consciously or unconsciously, been acting out his name in his later years: He gives his poetry away for free.

5 comments:

  1. Knott and Tate are probably my two favorite living poets, so naturally I'd love to have Are You Ready, Mary Baker Eddy? But I can't find it, even on Amazon. I've never even seen a copy of it. I've never even seen a poem from it, as far as I know. And I've heard it's great--Lehman says it's great. (By the way, how come Lehman's never put anything by Knott in his anthology?) You'd think it'd be reprinted as a Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Classic or something. Anyone know a poem from that book?

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  2. Abebooks has 4 copies for sale starting at $50:

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1181094258&searchurl=bi%3D0%26bx%3Doff%26ds%3D30%26recentlyadded%3Dall%26sortby%3D17%26sts%3Dt%26tn%3DAre%2Byou%2Bready%2Bmary%2Bbaker%2Beddy%26x%3D0%26y%3D0

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  3. My pleasure. I always check AbeBooks for used and out-of-print stuff. Often, the same book from the same dealer is on both Amazon and AbeBooks but a bit cheaper on the latter. I think it has something to do with Amazon's higher commission fees.

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  4. That's good to know. I'm one of those anachronisms who still spelunks used bookstores, which are as doomed as rainforests.

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