The Flemish Primitives
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The Flemish Primitives

30  |  978-1-910367-48-3

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 'The Flemish Primitives' was a winner in the 2014/15 Poetry Business Competition, judged by Billy Collins.

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


'Luke Samuel Yates has a unique and exciting take on the world. The narratives of his poems slip and slide surreally but are always underpinned by a masterful precision of detail and idiom. His narrators exude both knowingness and innocence, and the poems themselves are simultaneously funny and sad, making a poignant commentary on modern life. He is brilliant.'


 –  Hannah Lowe

'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

'Some of Luke Samuel Yates' images are so inventive that you just want to stop and live in them for
a while. Truths appear in the night then disappear off into town, bounding away as Yates sets them
free. This is a voice and a world we are certain to hear more of - writing on his nerves with a
distinctly European sensibility: dreamlike, playful, seriously in pursuit of something.'

 -Jane Draycott

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. His pamphlet The Pair of Scissors that Could Cut Anything was published by The Rialto in 2013.

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