poemof the moment
as leaves have grown back in branches songs have come among the leaves
about the poem
The key to Clark’s poetry, as Alice Tarbuck writes is paying close attention: ‘to nature, to the process of looking itself and to the various innovative poetic forms that might best communicate certain types of lived experience.’ His poems demand and reward a slowing down of our reading pace.
Image: Photograph #2 of the top of the leaf of a Rock Whitebeam by Robert Matthews, under a Creative Commons licence.
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I am so pleased that the Library is celebrating Thomas A. Clark’s work with a day-long symposium on 7 May, which of course includes a walk (let’s hope the bright weather holds). The way his poems are placed on the page encourage us to walk through the work, stopping to look at bird, plant and slant of light; they are meditations that take us far from the rooms in which we read them.
Thomas A. Clark
Thomas A Clark was born in Greenock, Scotland. His poetry has been consistently attentive to form and to the experience of walking in the landscape, returning again and again to the lonely terrain of the Highlands and Islands. In addition to his books and smaller publications, Clark has also made site-specific installations in galleries, in gardens or in the landscape, and has many works in permanent collections world-wide.