"Luke Fischer has a seemingly effortless ability to blend visual detail and imaginative vision …"
– Judith Beveridge
"... intellectually exciting, emotionally affecting … It is naked, vulnerable poetry which seeks the timeless and urgent."
– Brook Emery
Luke Fischer is the author of the poetry collections A Gamble for my Daughter (Vagabond Press, 2022), A Personal History of Vision (UWAP, 2017) and Paths of Flight (Black Pepper, 2013), the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the "New Poems" (Bloomsbury, 2015), and the book of bedtime stories The Blue Forest (Lindisfarne Books, 2015). His co-edited volumes include Rilke's "Sonnets to Orpheus": Philosophical and Critical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2019). Read more...
“Luke Fischer’s A Gamble for my Daughter is ... intellectually exciting, emotionally affecting, dense, yet simultaneously lucid and welcoming. It is naked, vulnerable poetry which seeks the timeless and urgent.”
"Fischer’s verses are prismatic eyes that see through the visible and the tangible establishing correspondences of symbolic equivalence the likes of which we see only in Paul Valery, Osip Mandelstam and Rainer Maria Rilke."
Professor Vrasidas Karalis
"Very few poets in Australia possess such a width of erudition or so deep an engagement with a tradition of philosophical poetry reaching back through Rilke and Hölderlin to the Renaissance and the Pre-Socratics..."
"His second book of poetry shows Luke Fischer is outstanding among a new generation of Australian poets ..."
"... Fischer’s dedicated gaze meditates on the unexpected and miraculous in nature and opens doors towards celestial realms ..."
"Luke Fischer’s second collection ... firmly establishes him as a pyrotechnician of language ... In deference to art and in acknowledgement of the metaphoric possibilities of language, imagination allows here for a dialectical interplay of opposite categories that yield a third register.... Here lies the irresistible brilliance of A Personal History of Vision."
Dominique Hecq, Mascara Literary Review
"This is vital work for anyone concerned with poetry and the fate of the human.”
Richard Eldridge, Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College, USA
"A substantial contribution both to Rilke scholarship and to phenomenological research.” Christoph Jamme, Professor of Philosophy, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
"[A] fresh reading of Rilke as a poet who evokes the world we are in and belong to, rather than are alienated from and trying to escape.”
Times Literary Supplement
"Luke Fischer’s poems startle me to wake again, to wake not only to the thriving details of the worlds surrounding us but to the power of language to reveal the music simmering and alive in every moment."
"Fischer writes with a rare combination of delicacy and strength. At the heart of this poetry is a gaze that renders things present to us in new ways ..."
"Fischer is a strong poet, watching the delicate details of the natural world, gracefully gleaning their abstractions."
Cordite Poetry Review