Much beloved poet and friend to many via his wonderful blog and work, Tom Clark, is really going through a rough patch after being hit by a car a few weeks back. Tom is at home but still faces a mighty uphill climb, not the least challenging of which is the health care system. He is in pain and has a long way to go.
Let's all who know him send him our best (and maybe even if you don't know him - a little compassion goes a long way). A note of well wishing in the comment section of his blog Beyond the Pale might be just the ticket.
I've had a couple of Tom's books on hand for awhile here, meaning to do a post or posts on them both. One is a wonderful chapbook of translations, TRANS/VERSIONS, the other is an excellent full length book of poems, The New World.
The translations/renderings are fine, measured, insightful poems, from the likes of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Reverdy, Vallejo, and Brecht. A small volume that packs a decided wallop, Tom's is a refreshing, universal take on these masters, not at all pinned to a time or place, unless you call either the human experience.
Photo by Juliet Clark
Since he is ill-disposed, I haven't had a chance to ask if it would be ok to reprint a poem or two, so you'll just have to take my word: both The New World and TRANS/VERSIONS are joys to hold and behold. I can't think of a better way to lift a poet's spirits than to buy a book or two of work. Visit Libellum Books at this or the two links above, or pick them up from SPD: Small Press Distribution.
So, how's about we give our friend a lift; a kind word or two, a couple of wrinkled bucks (tip of the hat, Ed), and maybe he'll have a little something to smile about?
Tom, we are all thinking about you. Wishing you a steady, strong recovery. And best to Angelica.
P.S: I've just heard from Angelica - Tom was sleeping before heading back still again to the doctor later today - that Tom had just approved the proofs of a new collection, Distance, before the accident and it is now ready for sale.
I'm jazzed and I am heading over to amazon to buy a copy now (there is an exception to every rule - my no amazon in this case goes out the window). It is published by BlazeVOX and here is the link:
So, if you are missing Tom's voice right now, as so many of us are, here's your chance.
waiting and waiting
the willow tree
translated by David G. Lanoue
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