MK Lit Fest: Luke Kennard - Notes on the Sonnets - Destination Milton Keynes
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MK Lit Fest: Luke Kennard – Notes on the Sonnets

Start Date: 26/04/2022

End Date: 26/04/2022

Start Time: 7:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Cost of Entry: Free (donations to festival costs welcome)

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'Luke Kennard has the uncanny genius of being able to stick a knife in your heart with such originality and verve that you start thinking "aren't knives fascinating... and hearts, my god!" whilst everything slowly goes black' - Caroline Bird A Poetry Book Society Recommendation

Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party. A physicist explains dark matter in the kitchen. A crying man is consoled by a Sigmund Freud action figure. An out-of-hours doctor sells phials of dark red liquid from a briefcase. Someone takes out a guitar.

Wry, insolent and self-eviscerating, Notes on the Sonnets riddles the Bard with the anxieties of the modern age, bringing Kennard’s affectionate critique to subjects as various as love, marriage, God, metaphysics and a sad horse.

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist from Birmingham. Notes on the Sonnets, his sixth collection, won the Forward Prize 2021.