Luke Wright (4 stars)

This article is from 2009

Luke Wright

His concerns may be petty but the poetry is not

You’ve got to hand it to Luke Wright. Since his first solo Fringe show in 2006, he’s come back to Edinburgh every year with a new collection of withering poems, each of which dissects the highs and lows of his chosen profession with equal menace and joy. The Petty

Concerns of Luke Wright takes as its starting point the ex-Aisle 16 member’s idiosyncratic findings after carrying out a Google search on himself. It’s not the most original of premises but there are some startlingly funny results, including comparisons to two other Luke Wrights: England’s international cricketer and the star of a YouTube video who burns his butt with a lit cigar.

The highlights come early and the show loses some steam in its final third, but the sharpness of Wright’s poetry towers over its imperfections, from the biting critique of Web 2.0, ‘Thanx 4 The Ad’, to the bitterly nostalgic tones of ‘Mr Blank’. But it’s not all comically gloomy introspection and the ultimately uplifting tones of the final poem, ‘Raise a Glass’, seal Wright’s status as one of the UK’s most undervalued contemporary poets.

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Luke Wright - The Petty Concerns of

  • 4 stars

How did the desire to be adored by millions turn into an ego trip? 'Best young performance poet around' (Observer). 'Comic, acute, rhythmic eulogies to modern life' (Independent). ***** (Herald, ThreeWeeks); **** (Scotsman, Metro, List).