Skipwith cannell

Skipwith Cannell (1887-1957). Courtesy FamilySearch.

Humberston Skipwith Cannell, Jr. (1887-1957) was an American poet associated with the Imagist group.


Cannell (Can-NELL) came from Philadelphia. He studied at the University of Virginia. and was enthusiastic about the work of Edgar Allan Poe and the free verse of the King James Version of the Bible .

He was a friend of William Carlos Williams. He was briefly married to Kathleen Eaton Cannell, who was generally known as 'Kitty'.

Cannell met Ezra Pound in Paris in 1913. Pound sent some of Cannell's poems to Harriet Monroe, editor of Poetry . Back in London, Pound took Cannell and Kitty to visit Yeats and found a room for the couple below his own in Church Walk, Kensington.

Cannell's work appeared in Pound's 1914 anthology Des Imagistes and The New Poetry: An anthology, edited by Harriet Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson in 1917.

Cannell and Kitty divorced in 1921.

He was closely involved with Alfred Kreymborg's literary magazine, Others: A magazine of the new verse.



  • Nocturnes: Poems in prose and verse. Chicago: Danaides Press, 2014.
  • Ikons. Chicago: Danaides Press, 2014.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See alsoEdit


  • Robert Karoly Sarlos, Jig Cook and the Provincetown Players: Theatre in Ferment University of Massachusetts Press, 1982. ISBN 0-87023-349-1
  • James J Wilhelm, Ezra Pound in London and Paris 1908-1925 Penn State Press, 1990. ISBN 0-271-00682-X
  • Noel Stock, The Life of Ezra Pound, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1970. ISBN 0-14-021795-9 (p.174 of the Penguin edition)
  • James J Wilhelm, Ezra Pound in London and Paris 1908-1925 Penn State Press, 1990. ISBN 0-271-00682-X (see p.301)


  1. The New Poetry: An anthology (1918), Internet Archive. Web, May 23, 2014.
  2. Seach results = au:Skipwith Cannell, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Web, May 29, 2015.

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