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Luke Davies

(1962 - / Sydney / Australia)

Biography of Luke Davies

Luke Davies poet

Luke Davies is an Australian writer of novels, poetry and screenplays, born in Sydney in 1962.

Davies' first poetry collection, Four Plots for Magnets, was published in 1982, when he was twenty.

His novel Candy was made into a film starring Heath Ledger in 2006. His other works include the novels Isabelle the Navigator and God of Speed, and several volumes of poetry - Four Plots for Magnets, Absolute Event Horizon, Running With Light and Totem.

Davies' brother Ben Davies, an Australian television producer, now teaches at Armidale Film and Television School in NSW, Australia. Youngest brother Felix Davies, is a Sound Recordist and Composer, residing in the United Kingdom.

Luke Davies's Works:

Novels

Candy (Allen & Unwin Publishers, Sydney 1997)
Candy (Vintage Books, London 1998)
Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction (Ballantine Books, New York 1998) (note: Davies made small but significant changes to the US and UK editions; he considers that the Australian edition, second edition and afterwards, is the definitive version.)
Isabelle the Navigator (Allen & Unwin Publishers, Sydney 2000)
Isabelle the Navigator (Berkley Books, New York 2002)
God of Speed (Allen and Unwin, 2008), about Howard Hughes

Poetry

Four plots for magnets (Glandular Press, 1982)
Absolute event horizon : poems (Angus & Robertson, 1994)
Running with light : poems (Allen & Unwin, 1999)
Totem : Totem poem plus 40 love poems (Allen & Unwin, 2004) Review

Articles

Davies, Luke (March 2009). "Tales of the City". The Monthly 43: 64–66. Film review of Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant.
Davies, Luke (September 2008). "The Penalty is Death". The Monthly 38.
Davies, Luke (March 2008). "Heath Ledger, 1979–2008". The Monthly 32.
Davies, Luke (April 2007). "Extravagant Stillness: Philip Gröning’s 'Into Great Silence'". The Monthly 22.

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Poetry and Blood

The leaves are budding on the trees. The buds
are popping everywhere. Spring as in spring in the step
makes sense. In Paris there is the dead of winter
as in you think of death as in great boats
of the dead ploughing through oceans of sky.
And then one week, bang, there is spring
and it feels like summer. You can almost hear
that popping and the blood quickens in the turtles

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