Davy Knittle

'deer flesh to human flesh'

C. R. Grimmer’s debut full-length collection The Lyme Letters uses epistolary form to document the character R.’s navigation of their life as a person with chronic Lyme disease.

Perilous bodies (PoemTalk #163)

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Davy Knittle with Jill Magi

'Reader, we were meant to touch'

Erica Hunt’s Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems (Nightboat, 2020) gathers six revised full-length collections and chapbooks. Across their nearly thirty years of publication, edited in and with the present, they propose ways of reconceptualizing time that work against a ground of racial capitalist marginalization to generate radiant clarity about the conditions of our living. They are specific, often, about how time feels — how various pasts feel in the present, and how language makes evident the variability of what time is and how it behaves.

Davy Knittle with Rodney Koeneke

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Not-me-ness: Eileen Myles and Davy Knittle

 
Davy Knittle and Eileen Myles had a conversation at Myles’s home in the East Village in New York City in August, 2018, for this PennSound podcast. Their discussion began in the midst of an exchange about Myles’s 1991 collection Not Me and changes in their neighborhood at the time.

Beside the mind (PoemTalk #143)

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Kate Colby, Davy Knittle, and Charles Bernstein convened with Al Filreis, PoemTalk’s producer and host, to talk about Hannah Weiner’s Clairvoyant Journal and to focus in particular on two pages (or prose poems, or journal entries). The two entries are those composed on April 1 (“April Fool   BRAVE GIRL”) and April 4 (“DONT COMPLAIN / April 4”). The version of the two poems available online at Eclipse (based on the 1978 edition published by Angel Hair Books) has also been reproduced here for the convenience of PoemTalk listeners and Jacket2 readers. A new edition of Clairvoyant Journal published in 2014, discussed toward the end of the podcast, is described here by Patrick Durgin.

William Corbett and Davy Knittle on James Schuyler

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Not detainable (PoemTalk #130)

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Fallout from cooling (PoemTalk #125)

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Christine Nelson, Davy Knittle and Erica Baum joined Al Filreis to talk about Erica’s Dog Ear, a book of photograph-poems, in which each poem is a meticulous reproduction of a dog-eared page of a mass-market paperback photographed to isolate the small, diagonally bisected squares or rectangles of text. The group focused on three poems: “Fallout,” “Geisha,” and “Enclosing” (click the linked titles to view the texts). These are, respectively, plates six, seven, and twelve in the printed book, which can be acquired from Ugly Duckling Presse of Brooklyn, New York, in a lovely, inexpensive edition. The conversation took place in the Arts Cafe of the Kelly Writers House before a live audience, and is being made available as a video recording (see below) and the usual podcast audio.

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