A Book of Poetry for the Digital Generation
Like Groucho Marx who didn’t want to belong to a club that would have him as a member, Luke Armstrong doesn’t subscribe to an arcane poetic mindset that repels readers and embraces the obscure.
Luke’s disdain for the arcane is evident in his recently published book of poems, How We Are Human, in which his masterful use of language is eloquent and simple, musical and metaphorical, yet blunt at times when the material requires a heavy-handed approach.
In How We Are Human, Luke explores the humanity in himself as well as others. Luke, a humanitarian at heart and in practice, directed the health and educational development organization Nuestros Ahijados for four years in Guatemala, combating infant malnutrition.
Inspired by his travels, relationships and family, his grandmother in particular, who was also a poet, How We Are Human is warm and insightful, playful and serious, but always entertaining and thought-provoking, a lyrical book of poems that focuses on the thread that connects us to each other as well as the world around us.
How We Are Human is a book with wide appeal because of Luke’s desire to keep poetry simple and not entangle a reader’s brain in knots.
“I don’t like poetry that complains, seeks pity, is annoying or makes me search for the point like deriving ‘x’ in algebra.” –Luke Armstrong
I agree. Reading poetry can be torturous at times, more like a Rubik cube exercise for the mind than an enjoyable pastime. Poetry should be accessible as is the case in How We Are Human, a book of flash fiction that rhymes at times.
With a combination of humor and passion and concepts that are both relatable and insightful, Luke succeeds in demystifying and simplifying poetry, in effect, humanizing it, and in doing so, How We Are Human, or Poetry 3.0, as I like to call it, will engage a new generation of readers, people with hectic lives, who are exposed to a 24/7 information cycle.
“In our busy lives filled with distractions, what but the brevity of poetry offers such an immersive experience in the time it takes to floss?” –Luke Armstrong
Life is complicated enough. If we also complicate art, we prevent others from appreciating our expression of language and ideas. Luke gets that and brings fun and brilliant simplicity to his poetic ruminations.
In addition to How We are Human, Luke’s other book of poetry, iPoems for the Dolphins to Click Home About (2010) is also available in paperback or eBook.
For more information about Luke Armstrong, please visit his website www.LukeSpartacus.com.