The Flemish Primitives
Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)
‘Here is a poet who has learned how to be clear and mysterious at the same time. Another pleasure offered here is the way the poems guide us through themselves, as good poems should, one solid line after another. A truly exceptional gathering.’ – Billy Collins
‘I’m always listening out for a new poet who can take the deceptively effortless, witty yet ultimately serious chops of the New York School, make it work for this generation and bring the whole thing in to land just outside a British city, losing nothing in transit. And God it’s been worth the wait. This is a poetry of exquisite timing, with some of the most satisfying last lines I’ve ever read. Yates can take an everyday domestic detail and make it sparkle with the mystery of a Raedecker painting.’ – Luke Kennard
Luke Samuel Yates lives and works in the North- West. A four-times Foyle Young Poet of the Year, his work has appeared in The Rialto, The North, THE SHOp, Magma, Smith’s Knoll and on the London Underground. He launched and performed his first pamphlet, written in 21 days, from inside a wooden box. His second, The Pair of Scissors that Could Cut Anything, was published by The Rialto in 2013.