Monday, November 14, 2011

CORPSE AND BEANS

CORPSE AND BEANS, OR
WHAT IS POETRY?

I sit at my table and sometimes the question of poetry crosses my mind
For example
The man who one night ate a big plate of beans
Then got tired
Of everything and killed himself
Next day at the burial
Everyone said, What's that noise?

Was it poetry?

--Bill Knott

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I like this poem because it keeps alive a tradition in English literature tracing all the way back to Chaucer: elevating the fart-joke to an art form.

1 comment:

  1. it's not one of my favorites, but the complete texts of all my books of poetry are posted online at

    http://billknottpoetrybooks.blogspot.com/

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