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Yellow & Blue

Thomas A Clark

Cover of Yellow & Blue by Thomas A. Clark
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Categories: 21st Century, British, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Feb 2014)
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  • flowering gorse bush
    leaning over
    towards the sea
    as if its growth
    were towards completion
    of yellow in blue
    The poems in this book form a series of small acts of attention, repeated attempts to step outside the circle of human concern and into a wider responsibility to the natural world. ‘To move among / crashing pines / is spacious / and exact.’ Yellow & Blue invites us to share the spaciousness of a book-length journey, an exacting clarity of perception.
    Thomas A Clark lives in a fishing village on the east coast of Scotland. Four books of his poetry previously published by Carcanet explore the landscape and culture of the highlands and islands. Numerous small books, cards and editions from his own Moschatel Press investigate ways that the presentation of poetry ... read more
    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 )
    '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
    Praise for Thomas A Clark '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
      '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
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