Light and Shade

New and Selected Poems by Tom Clark
Introduction by Amy Gerstler

“Tom Clark, the lyric imp of American poetry, has delivered many decades’ worth of goofy, melancholic, cosmic, playful, and wiggy poems. I can never get enough of this wise guy leaning on the literary jukebox, this charmer who refuses to part with his love-sick teenage heart. And here are hundreds of Clarks in one volume—who can resist?” —Billy Collins

April 2006
6 x 9 | 368 pages
Paperback Original

ISBN: 978-1-56689-183-7.

$20.00

Description

Essential for all readers of progressive American poetry, this collection encompasses the exhilaration and joy, madness and sorrow of the last forty years with a lyric intensity that, in the words of the poet Robert Creeley, offers a “wry and securing truth.”

Awards

2007 Balcones Poetry Prize Finalist

Reviews

“Tom Clark, the lyric imp of American poetry, has delivered many decades’ worth of goofy, melancholic, cosmic, playful, and wiggy poems. I can never get enough of this wise guy leaning on the literary jukebox, this charmer who refuses to part with his love-sick teenage heart. And here are hundreds of Clarks in one volume—who can resist?” —Billy Collins

“Tom Clark, the finest writer of lyric poetry in America today, brings an effortless grace to this incisive, sorrowful and sublime volume. Here, over forty years of moments recorded in a poetry lit by transcendental landscapes and maritime reveries, ‘The calm that nature breathes grows large,’ and a brilliant, tough serenity evolves. A book to be treasured for its skill, insight and often savage humor.” —Joanne Kyger