Week 7 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Kneel Downe

kneel_downe_kill_all_poets_2_60“…an angry punk in a Victorian world of safe and sentimental verse…”

Not only does Kneel Downe secure the number 1 spot on the UK Chapbook Chart with #KillAllPoets but two more of his chapbooks make the top ten too.  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.

CreateSpace Independent Publishing is the No.1 publisher with 3 entries in the top ten and Kneel Downe is the top author with those 3 publications.


1 (1) #KillAllPoets – Kneel Downe and Susan Omand (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 31 Jan. 2017)

2 (2) 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 (4) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, 17 Nov 2015)

5 (5) Chapbook 2011 – Gary Maxwell (Kindle, 7 Aug 2015)

6 (6) Murmurations – Stella Tripp (Sampson Low Ltd, 21 Dec 2015)

7 (9) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

8 (10) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

9 (-) Out of Phaze – Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 31 Dec. 2016)

10 (-) The Copper Cascade – Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 18 Nov 2016)




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