On 19 April 2013 editor Philip Davenport spoke to Ian McMillan about his new anthology The Dark Would as part of BBC Radio 3’s The VerbThe Dark Would is a new anthology of works described as ‘language art’. It launched at the Whitechapel Gallery in April following a February pre-launch event at the Saison Poetry Library.

Here’s an outline from the BBC website:

Philip Davenport has edited an anthology of Language Art, The Dark Would (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press). The Dark Would asks questions about living and not living, about the physical and the non-physical. Philip fills us in on the history of Language Art and visual poetry and Ian and Philip share their favourite work including Richard Long’s circular hour long walk on Dartmoor and an the mystery of Caroline Bergvall’s blanked out pages.

The Dark Would includes work/interviews from 100 contributors including Richard Long, Fiona Banner, Charles Bernstein, Robert Grenier, Marton Koppany, Elena Rivera, Maggie O’Sullivan, Kenny Goldsmith, Caroline Bergvall, Tacita Dean, Tsang Kin Wah, Tony Lopez, Robert Sheppard, Geraldone Monk and Rosemarie Waldrop.

Two of my shelf poems appear in the book.

Image: Marton Koppany, The Secret (cover image, The Dark Would 2013)