owen lucas

poetry, fiction and translation


Hello all. Two of my translations of poems by Rilke just appeared in the new JMWW. Here and here. It’s a special translation-only issue, so lots of other goodies to check out. Bye for now!

Sunlit: Fall 2014

New poem up at Sunlit magazine. Hope it pleases. More coming soon. xx

Vayavya Issue 10: Monsoon

Vayavya is an online magazine out of the state of Jharkhand in eastern India. Their latest issue includes a couple of my poems. More Duke Ellington stuff and a quite flippant little poem about getting ready to leave the house. I am glad to be published outside of Europe and North America for the first time, and especially to be published in India. Indian Independence Day was ten days ago, and happened to be the day on which I got married. Our Indian caterers mentioned that to us some time before the date, and also pointed out that our decorations were orange, white and green, the colours of the Indian flag. Basically, it’s all India right now.

Uppagus Issue 7

New Uppagus is out and free for all to read, and it features a short symmetrical poem I wrote, here. Check out the charming illustrations of Denny Marshall — there’s a gallery of them on the main page. Lots of love, Owen.


Corium Magazine Issue 17

New poem out in the latest online issue of Corium Magazine. It’s fairly tangentially about a man covered in bees. Enjoy!

Potluck Magazine

Three new poems just up at lovely fresh online mag Potluck. Hooray! Plenty of other stuff worth checking out there too. Link.


Free State Review Issue 4

New stuff in new issue of Free State Review (here’s the shop). It’s another poem based on a jazz song, in this case, Art Tatum’s version of “The Man I Love”. Sort of went on an astrophysics tangent with this one.

Qwerty Issue 31

This one’s a bit of a watershed moment for me. My first published piece of short fiction is out now in Qwerty, University of New Brunswick’s literary magazine (love you lots, Canada). It’s the Spring 2014 issue, a delayed announcement due to some issues they were having with their site. Subscribe to get at the goods.

The piece is called “Allegorien Deutschlands”. It’s not strictly a short story, but a series of six little scenes, each less than a thousand words, that illustrate some symbolic or emotional aspect of German culture or philosophy. They were written mainly as a personal exercise while I was learning German last year, but having floated them out to a few places for jollies, I heard back from Qwerty. Then I ran around the house shouting stuff for a bit. Anyway, still trucking more fiction pieces out to magazines, so perhaps there’ll be more announcements of this sort in the near future!

The Gap-Toothed Madness Vol. 2 Issue 2

My contribution to the latest issue of GTM is a longish poem about the D.C. riots of the summer of 1919, which prompted Duke Ellington to relocate his first band to Harlem. We all know how that turned out! It’s a great issue with a whole section of new artwork. Get yer copies here.

Tirage Monthly Issue 8

New poem up at online journal Tirage Monthly (it’s the second one down). It’s about current affairs. Current Ukrainian affairs. So, explosions.