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Farm by the Shore
RRP: GBP£ 7.99
New Release Available This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
ISBN: 978 1 784103 53 8
Categories: 21st Century, British, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2017
104 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
Digital access available through Exact Editions
In Farm by the Shore, Thomas A Clark continues his investigations into the landscape and culture of the Scottish highlands and islands. His brief notations and fragments embody the precarious balance between sea and land, wilderness and civilisation, while everything is played out in a context of weather. The spaces between the poems, which both link and divide them, are shades of quiet, indications of time or distance, or graphs of the vagaries of attention. In such a climate, to farm, or walk, or write, is to persist. You come to one thing and then another.
'With radical simplicity, Thomas A Clark's writing gives us the unfussy beauty of the natural world. There's not much that I ask of poetry that isnât present here.'
Praise for Thomas A. Clark 'With radical simplicity, Thomas A Clark's writing gives us the unfussy beauty of the natural world. There's not much that I ask of poetry that isnât present here.'
'These are love poems to the geography of Scotland and in their own inimitable way bring a clarity and vision to the 'scree slope' that 'tumbles/ into the green lochan.'.'
Casey Charles, Dundee University Review of the Arts
'The Hundred Thousand Places stands at a tentative and oblique angle to the more established modes of pastoral writing. There is a beautiful moment in George Oppen's 'Psalm' when he exclaims of some deer, 'That they are there!', and the fact of the natural world's being there at all supersedes the need for description. There is plenty of description in these poems, but they too converge on a place of revelation whose name is simply 'there'.'
The Guardian 'Space, pace and wild beauty are on the reader's mind throughout this tantalising collection.'
Scottish Review of Books 'Thomas A Clark has produced a book-length poem of genuine visionary intentâ¦ The Hundred Thousand Places realigns our understanding of the lyric voice and of its investment in the natural world.'
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