Babel Parish Radio

Babel Parish Radio #7: David Spittle

September 5, 2021

On this episode, Richard talks to David Spittle. 

David is a poet, filmmaker, and essayist. His first full collection, All Particles and Waves, was published by Black Herald Press (2020), following the pamphlet, B O X (HVTN, 2018). A recently published book of interviews, Light Glyphs (Broken Sleep Books), collects discussions with poets on Film and filmmakers on Poetry (including John Ashbery, Guy Maddin, Andrew Kötting and others). Spittle’s first short film, Light Noise, was funded and broadcast by the BBC – now available to watch on iPlayer. He has also written three operas and, in 2014, was commissioned by Bergen National Opera to write a song-cycle which has since been performed internationally. Spittle holds a PhD on the poetry of John Ashbery and Surrealism. He continues independent research across poetry, film and noise. His films can be viewed on Vimeo.

Inevitably, they discuss John Ashbery and surrealism, as well as Charles Olson, the social imperatives behind avant-garde writing, the creative possibilities of noise and degradation, books, movies and much more.

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