Publication Date: 28-Apr-09 | ISBN: 9781844715558 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 96pp | Format: Paperback
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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.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“The Migraine Hotel, by Luke Kennard (Salt): Luke Kennard's The Harbour Beyond the Movie was that rare commodity: a poetry collection both excellent and laugh-out-loud funny. His latest offering – in which he considers heartbreak, despair and the pleasures of schadenfreude via his own sui generis brand of didactic humour – doesn't disappoint. Fans will be delighted by the return of Wolf, who this time ventures into the fields of psychotherapy and national identity ("'Fortunately my mother was Opus Dei and my father a Methodist,’ says the wolf. ‘Thus, on Tuesdays, I am Catholic in the mornings and Protestant in the afternoons'").” — The Guardian
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
“Inventive, academically aware, fearless and hugely enjoyable.” —The Telegraph
“There is a considerable intelligence and stylishness in his wry domestication of the beautiful swerves and non-sequiturs of Ashbery's poems, plus a high degree of overt self-consciousness: several poems discuss and undermine their own procedures, or disarm potential criticism. Their main charm, though, is that they are – with their engagingly downbeat, faux-naïve narrators – genuinely funny.” —The Telegraph
“Hailed as a witty wunderkind in the poetry world, 26-year-old Kennard starts with contemporary cultural slickness and moves brilliantly into the surreal. Truly, a poet to watch” —The Independent
Luke Kennard is the author of four volumes of poetry and two pamphlets. He lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.