Luke Samuel Yates

Luke Samuel Yates

Luke Samuel Yates has published two pamphlets of poetry: The Pair of Scissors that Could Cut
Anything, with The Rialto, and Thinking Inside the Box. His work has appeared in CAST: The Poetry
Business Book of New Contemporary Poets, The Rialto, THE SHOp, The North, Smith’s Knoll, Magma,
The Manchester Review, on the London Underground, and has recently been translated into

Luke was born in 1983 and grew up in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, winning the Foyle Young Poet of
the Year four times. He studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick, then returned to the North-
West via Argentina. In 2009 he did a writing residency in the Philadelphia Institute of Advanced
Study, where he wrote his first pamphlet, performed and launched from inside a large box. He was a
participant in the Jerwood Advanced Seminar in 2011 and read at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 2013.
He now lives in Manchester and works at the university.

Kingdom Power Glory is Nigel Pantling’s first full length poetry collection, and reflects his perspective on working life taken from three quite different careers.

In 1971, as a young Royal Artillery officer fresh from University, Nigel found himselfleading soldiers on the troubled streets of Londonderry, and he returned to serve in Belfast twice over the next few years. He drew on this experience in “Belfast Finds Log”, published by Shoestring Press in 2014.

In his mid-twenties Nigel joined the Home Office, and over ten years worked on criminal policy and in the prisons department, and was twice private secretary to Home Office Ministers. He was private secretary to the Home Secretary during the period of the Miners’ Strike and the Brighton Bomb.

A lateral shift from the Civil Service into the City in his mid-thirties led Nigel to specialise in mergers and acquisitions at two investment banks, before starting up his own business in 1997 advising company chief executives, which is still his principal occupation.

Nigel lives in North London. He is a past chair of trustees of Arvon, and currently chairs Fight for Sight, the eye research charity, and Park Theatre in Finsbury Park.

The Flemish Primitives

after Jan Van Eyck


The baby held a green parrot

as if to say Welcome

and the knight’s breastplate

held a cordial message for the saint

who he had been looking forward to meeting.

The parrot itself said nothing

but readjusted its footing

like a child experimenting with its feet,

and the baby stroked its green feathers

with disinterest. In the distance

stood a machine with a great wheel turning at one side

and a giant cloth hanging over much of its workings.

They were building new countries in there

and the covered parts were taboos.

The saint thanked the knight,

accepted the parrot, took its head with his other hand and twisted

as though the parrot was a drink.

But the saint did not drink.

He stood there for a long time,

the sun rising and falling behind him,

his face darkening and lighting up again,

clouding, clearing, shining.


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