Thomas A. Clark

Author's books

The Threadbare Coat: Selected Poems


A Telegraph Book of the Year 2020


This Selected celebrates Scotland’s most distinctive contemporary writer, a vivid minimalist, ruralist, and experimentalist. His poems most often are first published by Moschatel Press, which Clark and his wife, the artist Laurie Clark, set up in 1973. Here presentation is an aspect of form. Some poems appear in sequences, some feature singly and some are as short as a single line. The poems are verbally memorable, but also visually so. The longer poems are built up out of such precisions, extended, connected. Ballad and folk song are never far away.