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Portable Property

John Lucas




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The poems of John Lucas's latest collection, Portable Property, crackle with wit and insight, creating and recreating worlds at once familiar and original. Whether writing in a shorter lyric form, prose poems or long narrative pieces like 'Don Johnson, Restaurateur', Lucas brings to his work an acute observational skill allied to a compassion for all-too-human weaknesses.

With an ear for the colloquial, Lucas draws from the telling minutiae of the everyday, tackling head on the great themes and, in the process, producing poetry recognisably of the English lyric tradition: unfussily modest, comprehensible and engaging the reader in a real place and time.

Portable Property shows Lucas to be a true craftsman.


About the author:

John Lucas is a well-known poet, critic, novelist, biographer, and literary historian. His Studying Grosz on the Bus won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize in 1990, in 2008 92 Acharnon Street was given the Authors' Club Dolman Award for Travel Writing, and his translations of the poems of Egil's Saga, now reissued as I, the Poet Egil, is an Everyman Classic. Professor Emeritus at the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham Trent, John Lucas has written for all the leading literary journals, and since 1994 he has been editor and publisher of Shoestring Press.


82  pages

ISBN: 978-1-910996-00-3

Greenwich Exchange Category: Poetry

Series: None



Other books by John Lucas published by Greenwich Exchange:

George Crabbe: A Critical Study

Robert Browning

Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy: Richard II - Henry V

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

The Plotting

Summer Nineteen Forty-Five


The Good That We Do

Second World War Poetry in English





Herbert Lomas, Ambit

'Sometimes reading the Sunday-paper celebrities of our time, I fear I don't like poetry. It's a relief to come across the real thing again.'

Herbert Lomas, Ambit


Graham Mort, Poetry Wales

'Lucas's poems have the essential timbre of integrity and humanity. They are a declaration of what life could and should be.'

Graham Mort, Poetry Wales


Neil Curry, The North

'It is a very brave poet who dares to challenge Byron and Auden at their own game ... but Lucas not only has the courage, he has the skill.'

Neil Curry, the North