The Consolations of Sociobiology

By Bill Knott 1940–2014 Bill Knott

(to JK)

Those scars rooted me. Stigmata stalagmite
I sat at a drive-in and watched the stars
Through a straw while the Coke in my lap went
Waterier and waterier. For days on end or

Nights no end I crawled on all fours or in
My case no fours to worship you: Amoeba Behemoth.
—Then you explained your DNA calls for
Meaner genes than mine and since you are merely

So to speak its external expression etcet
Ergo among your lovers I’ll never be ...
Ah that movie was so faraway the stars melting

Made my thighs icy. I see: it’s not you
Who is not requiting me, it’s something in you
Over which you have no say says no to me.

Bill Knott, "The Consolation of Sociobiology" from Becos, published by Random House.  Copyright 1983 by Bill Knott.  Reprinted by permission of the author.

Source: Becos (1983)

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Poet Bill Knott 1940–2014

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Love, Relationships, Unrequited Love

 Bill  Knott

Biography

Bill Knott’s poetry collections include The Naomi Poems, Book One: Corpse and Beans (1968), Becos (1983), Outremer, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize (1988), Laugh at the End of the World: Collected Comic Poems 1969–1999 (2000), The Unsubscriber (2004), and Stigmata Errata Etcetera (2007), a collaboration with collages by the artist Star Black. Knott published The Naomi Poems, Book One: Corpse and Beans under the pseudonym . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Relationships, Unrequited Love

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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