“…an angry punk in a Victorian world of safe and sentimental verse…”
Kneel Downe steps up with a new number 1 on the UK Chapbook Chart with #KillAllPoets. As noisy and incongruous as the man himself, #KillAllPoets started on Twitter as Kneel Downe’s rebellion against the saccharine torment of establishment poetry writing. Now it is the title for this collection of his own work, set to shatter the sugar coating and expose poetry’s pulsating black heart.
Kneel Downe was born in 1967 and raised in the middle of the countryside and silence where he immersed himself in books and fantasy. After trying several writing styles, Kneel began tweeting short fragments of fiction. A meeting with his idol, Jeff Noon, made Kneel realise that these short bursts could make up a whole universe of fiction and so the VirulentBlurb projects began.
There are two new entries, #KillAllPoets by Kneel Downe at No.1 and Dreamtime Reflections by Francesca Albini at No.10.
Sampson Low is the No.1 publisher with 3 entries in the top ten. The top author is Oscar Wilde with entries at No.9 and No.10.
TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS
1 (-) #KillAllPoets – Kneel Downe and Susan Omand (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 31 Jan. 2017)
2 (1) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)
3 (3) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)
4 (5) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski (Sampson Low Ltd, 17 Nov 2015)
5 (2) Chapbook 2011 – Gary Maxwell (Kindle, 7 Aug 2015)
6 (9) Murmurations – Stella Tripp (Sampson Low Ltd, 21 Dec 2015)
7 (10) Claret Consulting 2016 Chapbook: Musings on Economics, Politics & Infrastructure – Brian Desilets (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 1 July 2016)
8 (-) Dreamtime Reflections – Francesca Albini (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Nov 2015)
9 (7) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)
10 (4) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)