Wednesday, November 01, 2017

We Who Are About To Die : Rose Knapp

Rose Knapp is a poet, producer, and multimedia artist. She has publications in Lotus-Eater, Bombay Gin, BlazeVOX, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, and others. She has a chapbook with Hesterglock Press and a collection forthcoming with Dostoyevsky Wannabe. She lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at

Where are you now?
I'm currently living in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles.

What are you reading?
I'm currently reading The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature, which is an interesting anthology based broadly around themes of China's relationship to Western individualism, and the ever present tensions between poetic expression, propaganda, and Communist party censorship. With all the debate concerning unity/disunity, I'm revisiting some of the Futurists who had Fascist tendencies like Pound, Loy, and Lawrence, and also some of the Surrealists who had Communist tendencies like Breton.

What have you discovered lately?
Having lived in the Midwest and East Coast previously, I've discovered it's interesting to compare the diverse manifestations of what constitutes 'American' across different regions of the country. Sometimes the stereotypes about what each region values as essential hold true, and sometimes they differ.

Where do you write?
I mainly write in my studio, sometimes when walking at night.

What are you working on? Have you anything forthcoming?
I'm currently working on my second full collection, my first is forthcoming with Dostoyevsky Wannabe.

What would you rather be doing?
If I couldn't write poetry I would be creating electronic music, which I also do.

Three poems posted recently at occulum.

Two poems posted recently at METATRON.

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