owen lucas

poetry, fiction and translation

Tag: jazz

Big Lucks

Following a (seemingly) incredible long hiatus during which I was doing my first two years as a teacher, I am back! And just in time for the publication of one of my old stories, and one I’m particularly partial to, “Bud Powell, Composed in Four Elements”. It’s weird as hell and just posted at Big Lucks magazine. Hope you fine folks enjoy it. Here is a cool album cover, while you’re at it.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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