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Farm by the Shore
Categories: 21st Century, British, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (104 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2017)
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(Pub. Aug 2017)
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award
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.
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 )
'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.'
'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.'
Praise for Thomas A Clark 'The Threadbare Coat is a beautiful production, and an interesting selection'
Rupert Loydell, Stride Magazine
'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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