Poem: Octopus floating . . .

By Bill Knott 1940–2014 Bill Knott
Octopus floating
in earth’s ink-ore core
whose arms extend
up here as trees
may your branches squirt
their black across
my pages please

Bill Knott, [“Octopus floating ...”] from Poetry 183 (March 2004): 330, 332. Copyright © 2004 by . Reprinted with the permission of .

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March 2004
 Bill  Knott


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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