Philip Davenport

Philip Davenport is a writer, curator and editor, whose work often appears off the page. His debut collection, Imaginary Missing People, was published by Bob Cobbing's seminal experimental press Writers Forum in 1999. Davenport went on to help curate the Text Festival in the UK 2005-11, as well as curating and showing in numerous text/art exhibitions - most recently The Dark Would in Edinburgh. In 2013 Apple Pie Editions, Davenport's small press, published the large anthology of 'language art', THE DARK WOULD, in two volumes, one paper and one virtual. Davenport’s most recent book, the long poem/spreadsheet APPEAL IN AIR was published by Knives Forks & Spoons Press in 2012.

Concrete Sequence: APPEAL IN AIR

APPEAL IN AIR parallels the names of birds with the names of poets, particularly those from the avant-garde tradition. APPEAL IN AIR assumes the form of a spreadsheet that adds together a suicide, a list of bird-names and a valedictory roll-call of poets. By using an accounting tool for an anatomy of sadness, the poem questions the way that we place value in our own lives.

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