Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Greg Bem Reviews Tom Clark’s At the Fair

At the Fair by Tom Clark. 132 pages. BlazeVOX [books], 2010. $16.00.

Tom Clark’s latest book of poetry is a welcome assortment of verse and prose featuring diverse styles, impeccable themes, and moving stories, all told in retrospective, West Coast candor. Through the emulation of a small town world made complete with an intrinsically international mythology rooted to mankind’s relationship with the universe, At the Fair is like a “best of” for a poignant culture. The book makes the attempt to go from microcosmic reliance to macrocosmic necessity and succeeds in forging an alliance between the two, achieving a noble goal to unite timeless queries: foster meaning with language, empathize with undeniable Memory, and bolster with compassion toward life and beauty.

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