owen lucas

poetry, fiction and translation

Tag: ekphrasis

Tribe Issue 32

I got a poem into the latest issue of Tribe, a London magazine of art, design, music, and writing. So much cool artwork to check out in this issue. Find me on p. 21. More soon! xxx

The Monarch Review

New poem up at crunchy little Seattle literary mag The Monarch Review. It’s an ekphrasis poem about naked ladies in a Cezanne painting.

In other news: spring!

Contemporary Verse 2

One of the poems I recently had published in CV2 is now up on the website for all to read. Click away.


Contemporary Verse 2: “Poetry Only” Issue

As per the editorial:

Each poem in CV2’s spring 2014 “Poetry Only” issue is listening deep into the stirred silence of the page. Where once there was emptiness, a poem; where once there was attention, voice: 25 poets careening for your ear! Here reside disturbed ponds, otter-tailed exclamations, interstellar field static, oceanic fault lines, silent synapses, glacial angels, northern ghost-farms, skeleton councils, phantom dollhouses, sub-island descents, and debt, much debt—inherited, historical, environmental—to reconcile.

The “disturbed ponds” belong to one of my contributions to the issue, an ekphrasis poem on Peter Doig’s painting White Canoe. Also included: a poem on the Klimt painting Bewegtes Wasser, which I address to the Nibelung Alberich from the Ring Cycle (maybe a jump, but I think 1898 Vienna would have dug Wagner). Lastly, a poem from the Revenant sequence I wrote in 2012, in which an estranged husband and wife communicate through dreams over the course of one night.

This gig is significant to me for a couple of reasons. For one, I earned a little money from it, which is new for me. At the same time, CV2 has an air of legitimacy that I’m not used to. It’s not put together with staples and it has grants from a bunch of Canadian arts councils. A few people might actually be reading it! Still trying to work out why Canadians like me so much.  Anyway, here is the issue. More news coming soon.


Milo Review Vol. 2 Issue 1

I’ve got a new one up at the Milo Review that you can view online or buy in print, a poem I wrote while listening to the opening of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. For best results, listen along yourself as you read!


In Parentheses

Brand new poems now up at In Parentheses, a journal of new modernist writing. They’re from a series I’ve been writing based on a few of my favourite jazz compositions, in this case “Pannonica” from Monk’s Brilliant Corners and Ellington’s “The Mooche”, best version to be found on Ellington Uptown. Both are on Youtube and well worth a listen. Currently working on a longer narrative sequence based on Duke’s life.


Clarion Issue 16 Update

The poem I got into BU’s Clarion magazine recently is now up on their website: www.bu.edu/clarion/16/owen-lucas.htm

Whisperings Vol. 2 Issue 3

Over the past six months, Mountain Tales Press has been serialising Afterworks, a set of my ekphrasis poems, in their publication Whisperings. The latest issue features the final six poems in the sequence, and is available on Magcloud in print or digital editions.

Publication preview

Clarion Issue 16

AGNI is the literary magazine that usually springs to mind when you think of Boston University, but it’s not the only one. Clarion is a small print journal that has been produced by the BU Literary Society since 1999. Issue 16 is now in print and features “275”, a poem that I’m quite proud of. Its inspiration was a gigantic Alphonse Mucha painting entitled “Plamínek naděje”, meaning “Flame of Hope”, depicting the last moments of an exiled Bohemian church father as he looks out across the Baltic sea. See here for subscriptions (currently the only way to purchase the magazine). That’s all for now!


Forge Issue 7.2

You can now view three of my poems online at Forge: 297, a translation of Baudelaire’s “Le Flacon”, 311, an ekphrasis poem based on an Emil Nolde painting, and 319, a little sketch of some robins fighting outside my window. All three are in the print edition, which is available at lulu.com.