owen lucas

poetry, fiction and translation

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In Parentheses Vol. 2 Issue 4

One of the poems I had published online with In Parentheses got bumped up to the print edition. It’s a little post-colonial satire I wrote while listening to some “jungle style” swing music from the big daddy, Duke Ellington. (Specifically a piece called “The Mooche, which is always worth a listen.) In any case, you can purchase the PDF or print version of the issue, which as well as poetry contains a whole load of contemporary painting and graphic art, at the In Parentheses magcloud page.

Get your copy of In Parentheses Magazine here: http://magcloud.com/user/inparenth/

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.


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.


The Gap-Toothed Madness Issue 3

The latest issue of The Gap-Toothed Madness just hit the shelves, and it contains another of my ekphrasis poems, this one based on a blue period Picasso from 1901, La chambre bleu. Visit the GTM online store to pick up a copy.

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