Karl Knights’ Kin meet inside the hospitals and grow up in waiting rooms and hospital cafeterias where ‘nobody stares’. These are poems of survival in the face of disability and years of austerity; they are memorials to those who did not make it. 

A significant contribution to the poetics of queer disabled bodies. – Raymond Antrobus

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Published June 2022

What Writers and Critics Think

  • In these beautifully crafted, pared back poems, Kin explores what it means to be disabled in a world that can be both unthinkingly cruel and deliberately malevolent.

    Kim Moore
  • Deeply humane and challenging, Knights’ poems carve out spaces of resistance and self-assertion.

    David Wheatley
  • There is precision and heartbreaking clarity to the spare language here – no word or line is wasted.

    Andrew McMillan


Each of these poems is a precisely-sharpened knife, that shows us how it feels to grow up in a world that refuses to recognize your humanity. – Joanne Limburg 

Karl Knights reinvents again disability poetics, makes it real for us, and teaches us the music of survival, the music that is filled with memorable, precise speech. Kin is a terrific debut. – Ilya Kaminsky 


Karl Knights is a freelance journalist. His poetry and prose has appeared in the Guardian, The Dark Horse, Poetry London and elsewhere. He lives in Suffolk. Kin is his debut pamphlet.

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eBook (ePub), Pamphlet


9781914914287, 9781914914294



Publication Year

June 2022