I lay down in the empty street and parked
My feet against the gutter's curb while from
The building above a bunch of gawkers perched
Along its ledges urged me don't, don't jump.

—Bill Knott

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From Laugh at the End of the World:
Collected Comic Poems 1969-1999

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Copyright 2000 by Bill Knott.
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  • Bill Knott

    Bill Knott (1940–2014) was the author of six poetry collections, including Stigmata Errata Etcetera (Saturnalia, 2007). Knott taught for many years at Emerson College in Boston.