New Works on Paper

Luke Beesley



Throughout New Works on Paper the reader remains curious about where the word, the association, the poem itself, will go next. There is fascination in this continuing interest, surprise, puzzlement, delight and comedy. These effects owe much to the poet’s sketching in of detail and the sharpness of his observations; to the glissando effect evident in his use of language, and the dynamic role played by colour, texture and movement in his writing. The interplay between these elements, not only within each poem, but between them as well, encourages one to think of poetry as process, in a way which allies it to the other arts. Music, painting and film are often invoked in this collection, but it is Beesley’s poetic technique which really explores the continuity and overlap between these different art forms.

‘A master of the cropped prism-like phrase…cinematic, photographic, a divider of scenes into moments that come to life through poetry, they dazzle, vibrate and stay.’
Christopher Barnes


About the Author

Luke Beesley is an artist and a musician as well as a poet, and this unique combination of skills is evident in his poetry. He was born in Brisbane and lives in Melbourne. In addition to his books New Works on Paper, Balanceand Lemon Shark, his poetry has been published in the Black Inc Best Australian Poems and UQP Best Australian Poetry anthologies. He has received awards and fellowships from the Australia Council, the Wheeler Centre, Arts Victoria, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne and the Asialink Foundation. He is a doctoral candidate at the Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Photo credit: Lauren Bamford.