With that nonchalant way that Luke has of seeming to toss words as if they were his hair, Truffle Hound piles neuroses on top of neuroses (not necessarily Luke’s) as it tackles subjects as wildly varying and yet somehow connected as over the counter pain-killers, the domestic struggles of humans on other planets, scathing criticism (both literary and personal), transistor radios and shops – an inordinate amount of shops. (The shops are where you can buy the pills and cigarettes and food for the dogs.)
We found out today that in some colleges across the land, a certain kind of poetic output is sometimes described as being Kennardian. We don’t know if Truffle Hound is Kennardian or not. (Perhaps it is Neo-Kennardian?) But we are hoping that one day soon, something, somewhere, of very little interest if needs be, will be referred to as Vervian. We are hoping this a lot.
Luke has performed at and judged our competition at Verve, and allowed Truffle Hound to be the first Verve Poetry Press pamphlet, for which we are forever grateful and indebted to him.
Next Generation Poet 2014
Date: 6th September 2018
Extent: 36 pp