Luke Kennard is the author of four volumes of poetry and two pamphlets. He lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.
Kennard's imaginative range is constantly awe-inspiring, coupling as it does seeming absurdities with healthy doses of down-to-earthiness to concoct, well, I don't care to try to name what it concocts, because to name it would spoil my day. Reading "The Esplanade", which concerns a spy and an assassin, sort of, it occurred to me somewhat belatedly that the voice behind these, um, things (the narrator? Well, maybe) is consistent. It belongs to a participant in what's going on, someone who is a part of things but somehow adrift, at times very switched on and self-assured, at other times bemused and something of a spectator.-- Martin Stannard * Litter Magazine *
The Solex Brothers struck me as probably the most interesting debut of 2005 ... original and startlingly imaginative lyrical pyrotechnics.-- Nathan Thompson * Shearsman Magazine *
He is a talent to watch out for. He's got it. Let's hope he doesn't lose it, either to the world of performance cliche or the mainstream's emasculating embrace.-- Tim Allen * Terrible Work *