Tricksy, acerbic and laugh-out-loud funny, Cain is the dazzling collection from Next Generation Poet Luke Kennard. In a series of animated conversations, Cain provides therapy sessions for the author, covering everything from interfaith dialogue and genealogy to zombies. Cain‘s central sequence of 31 anagram poems re-energises Genesis 4:9-12, demonstrating the mastery of form and trademark surreal humour that has made Kennard one of British poetry’s brightest lights.
Luke has performed at and judged our competition at Verve, and produced the first Verve Poetry Press pamphlet, Truffle Hound, for which we are forever grateful and indebted to him.
Next Generation Poet 2014
Date: 6th June 2016
Extent: 100 pp