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Featured poem - December/January 2009/10

This piece of writing was selected by the staff at the Scottish Poetry Library which receives Foundation funding from the Scottish Arts Council

Extract from The Hundred Thousand Places

the rock in the water
breaking the full
weight of the flow
produces melody 

the rock by the water
broken by bracken
tormentil and heather
releases colour

Thomas A. Clark

from The Hundred Thousand Places (Carcanet Press , 2009)

About the poet

Thomas A Clark

Thomas A Clark was born in Greenock and now lives in Fife. In addition to his many publications, his work often takes the form of installations or interventions in galleries, public spaces or in the landscape. A large collection of such work has recently been installed throughout New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow.

In the summer months, with the artist Laurie Clark, he runs Cairn, a project space for minimal and conceptual art.

Thomas A Clark’s principal publications are Tormentil & Bleached Bones (Polygon); Distance & Proximity (Pocketbooks); The Path To The Sea (Arc Publications); The Hundred Thousand Places (Carcanet Press) and many cards and small booklets from his own Moschatel Press.

Inspiration for the Poem

Although the location of this place escapes me now, I can vividly remember being there, sitting in the sunshine, listening to the song of the water. The poem is a new place that the reader can come to.

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