‘Funny and unflinching, Luke Kennard exposes the lies we tell, the mental, spiritual and emotional contortions we perform to convince ourselves and others that we re ok, we re alright. But there are no comfort zones on offer here the intellectual fun and games, the clever uses and abuses of logic are at the service of a clear, sometimes icy sensibility. These are poems that won t let us get away with anything, least of all sentiment. They reveal the cruelty and violence that can lurk behind language, as in the righteous sadism of the narrator of The Murderer sequence, barely masquerading as liberal concern. Kennard has a finely-tuned ear for social chatter his noisy narrators are always analysing and justifying themselves, flitting from cult to ideology in a fruitless search for meaning. They think that To be seen to learn s enough but whilst these characters might lack depth, the poems don t I highly recommend diving into their unnerving, invigorating darkness.’ – Esther Morgan
Luke has performed 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.
Shortlisted for The Forward Poetry Prize 2007 / Next Generation Poet 2014
Date: 1st June 2007
Extent: 80 pp