Luke Kennard

Notes on the Sonnets

Tuesday 26 April, 7pm

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 'Luke Kennard has the uncanny genius of being able to stick a knife in your heart with such originality and verve that you start thinking "aren't knives fascinating... and hearts, my god!" whilst everything slowly goes black' - Caroline Bird A Poetry Book Society Recommendation


Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party. A physicist explains dark matter in the kitchen. A crying man is consoled by a Sigmund Freud action figure. An out-of-hours doctor sells phials of dark red liquid from a briefcase. Someone takes out a guitar.


Wry, insolent and self-eviscerating, Notes on the Sonnets riddles the Bard with the anxieties of the modern age, bringing Kennard’s affectionate critique to subjects as various as love, marriage, God, metaphysics and a sad horse.


Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lives in Birmingham. His sixth collection of poetry, Notes on the Sonnets, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2021. His novels, The Transition and The Answer To Everything are available from 4th Estate.

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