The Migraine Hotel

The Migraine Hotel

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 10mm | 140.61g
  • Salt Publishing
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1844715558
  • 9781844715558
  • 952,886

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Inventive, academically aware, fearless and hugely enjoyable. -- Nick Laird 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-naive narrators - genuinely funny. -- Robert Potts 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 -- Christina Patterson The Independent 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'"). -- Sarah Crown The Guardian

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About Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard is the author of four volumes of poetry and two pamphlets. He lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.

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