Luke Davies

UMAMI Editorial

Around ten years ago I was offered a semester of teaching at the University of Technology Sydney. I accepted the job with some hesitation, thinking that energy spent teaching would be of the irreplaceable variety, and that what I would lose forever would be energy devoted to the central concern: writing

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Submission to The Lifted Brow and Cordite’s 51.1: UMAMI Now Open!

Luke Davies, Paris, 2014, photo by Samuel Pignan. Poetry for The Lifted Brow / Cordite 51.1: UMAMI is guest-edited by Luke Davies. Submission of flash fiction (between 1 and 500 words max) and poetry will be accepted until 11.59pm, 5 …

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3 Poems by Uwe Kolbe

Photograph from BR Bayern 2 The First Encounter Aimless he wandered, that wide-eyed boy beneath the scorching sun the gods controlled. He said, Make summer mine! (They granted it – and how.) He didn’t know what hit him – Who’d …

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Cassidy on with Feature Reviews and Future Themes

The bad news first … I am sorry to see the departure of Lisa Gorton as Cordite’s Feature Reviews Editor. Over the past 18 months, her astute eye, impeccable judgement and gracious style has produced – and leaves us with – a superb legacy of robust and engaging feature reviews. Gorton’s work is testament to what can happen with excellent writing from reviewers and an engaged editorial acumen.

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Review Short: Luke Davies’ four plots for magnets

Four Plots for MagnetsThe first book with this title, containing 13 poems, was first published in 1982 in an edition of 300 copies. This version contains the original 13, plus another 53 previously unpublished poems from the same era, a foreword from the poet and an afterword from the original publisher, S.K. Kelen. This is more than a reissue or a new edition. It is a comprehensive collection of Davies’ works from the early 1980s and it is to be valued for the light it sheds on the development of one of Australia’s best regarded poets.

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Bev Braune reviews Luke Davies

Totem by Luke Davies

Allen and Unwin, 2004

The efficacy and strength of Luke Davies' Totem lie in its drawing on a long familiar tradition of mythological narratives as a vehicle for romantic verse-tellers – from Publius Ovidius Naso (known to us as Ovid), to Giovanni Boccaccio, to John Milton. Davies' tastes are eclectic; he even tries a poem in Jamaican English, such as it is generally recognised in reggae songs, in one in the series entitled '40 Love Poems' following his 'Totem Poem'.

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James Stuart reviews Luke Davies

Davies does not truly develop from the ambitious ?´Totem Poem'. For the most part his love poems, some of which rhyme and flow better than others, are snapshots recounted in a language which, while tender, flounders upon certain images, such as when he compares the glow of his lover's cheeks to that of a lantern, or when he notes the lovers floating in a river with their ?´midday blisses' and the sun blessing their ?´watery kisses'.

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Poem in England

Squirrel, hare, woods, grouse, words I guess I’ve always wanted to put into a poem, and never had reason to. It’s summer in England in Addington and now here I am and here they all are in the poem because …

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