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Thomas A. Clark

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  • Thomas A. Clark lives in the small fishing village of Pittenweem, an the east coast of Scotland. He has published four previous collections of poetry, and numerous small books and cards with his own Moschatel Press. In the summer months, with the artist Laurie Clark, he runs Cairn, a project space for minimal and conceptual art (www.cairneditions.co.uk). Thomas A. Clark's work often appears as installations or interventions in galleries, public spaces or in the landscape. A large collection of such work has been installed throughout New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow.
    'The Threadbare Coat is a beautiful production, and an interesting selection'

    Rupert Loydell, Stride Magazine

    'In short, one-breath clusters of lines, Clark meditates on the details one might observe during a contemplative and solitary walk through remote countryside. His diction is perfectly pitched and his grammar exact...this is about a man's spiritual need for the humblest manifestations of nature.'

    Philip Rush, the North  

    'Meaning is discovered between spaces, silences heard between sound...a vitally alert poet.'
    London Magazine


    'A remarkable portrayal of our contemplative relationship with nature.'
    Church Times Best Books of 2017


      '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 isn't present here.'
    Matthew Welton
    '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 intent… The Hundred Thousand Places realigns our understanding of the lyric voice and of its investment in the natural world.'
    Poetry London
    Awards won by Thomas A. Clark Short-listed, 2021 The Scottish Poetry Book of the Year (The Threadbare Coat) Long-listed, 2021 The Laurel Prize (The Threadbare Coat) Short-listed, 2017 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award (Farm by the Shore )
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