A combination of verse and prose poetry, `The Migraine Hotel' is Luke Kennard's third collection and very much a sequel to `The Harbour Beyond the Movie'. The voices continue to explore the territory opened up by Harbour, at once satiric, stricken, sincere and bitingly sarcastic, combined with a kaleidoscopic range of ways of engaging with a poem as a reader. The prose poems are prose poems in the tradition of Baudelaire, which is to say they read more like grouchy comic monologues with unreliable narrators than prose-verse characterised by excessive lyricism.
Luke Kennard is the author of four volumes of poetry and two pamphlets. He lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.
My Friend The Dusty Era Variations On Tears And I Saw Four Neighbours The Six Times My Heart Broke Bestiary For The Seven Days Estate Wolf Nationalist No Stars Pleasure Beach Army Wolf on the Couch Grapefruit Childhood My First Impulse is Always to Take the Bigger Portion, the Unchipped Cup, the Cleaner Glass The Awakening Painful Revisions The Forms Of Despair Repetition A Terrorist, Maybe, With His Children The Last Days of Advertising A Dog Descends Addiction Clinic Five Poems For A New Shopping Centre A Sure-Fire Sign Trombone Men Made of Words from Sexual Fantasies Of The Inuit Warriors Spade Gravedigger?:?The Movie