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Monday, May 30, 2005

Adrian Clarke: from Muzzle




cries rise
card-backed;
imbricate cyphers

brick-boxed
properties god-sent;
electric silhouettes'
inverted framework

this zone strung out
tactics translate stars exchange

cattle trick
rimless
Christmas remix
Mistletoe
Astarte

bird-bride
brain-dead
neighbours too many
inner shrines

roister allotment double-booked pastoral
solstice
trite siren

risers heard the cry
Lexical hide her;
tail-end
alternative
mislaid
lame fingers index
descending order

*

grey bay
suffocate
light flake migrant

iron-rust frigid
surveillance twisted
change line at ice tank
nails it

easterly
subzero pre
-dawn terminal
non
-aligned smoke
-logged tableaux erupt

*

insulate Latino market range

naturalised
panoramic solar rental

kudos unreal
Capricorn
lunate plaza

knelt entering
culture specific cinema prescript

import apart
adobe dusted

torpid disadvantage
fictive version

vertex
server class

interpose
(barefoot)
congruent monochrome

long shot
exotic deferral

errata degree
globally

call it loaded

Adrian Clarke is one of the most important poets around. Most of his books have been published by Writers Forum, and he and I edited the anthology Floating Capital. See a poem of his, 'Possession: snapshots from the war on terror' on Great Works. And watch out for my Poetry of Saying which has a chapter on his work.  Clarke's response to Chris Emery's account of the statre of British poetry in 2008 may be read here, and Robert Sheppard's later piece on Clarke's poetics may be accessed here. And an essay, 'Collossal Fragments' from Far Language and first published in the print versioin of Pages is re-published here.
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