Douglas Clark's poems
Douglas Clark was born in Darlington, County Durham, England, of Scottish
parents in 1942... I was educated at Glasgow University where I studied
Mathematics, and in Edinburgh. From 1973 until my redundancy in 1993 I worked
in Computing Services at Bath University. From 1985 to 1991 I published
the four books of 'The Horseman Trilogy': 'Troubador' (1985),
'Horsemen' (1988), 'Coatham' (1989), and 'Disbanded' (1991). I also
published the additional pamphlet 'Dysholm' (1993) completing my first
set of books.
I was anthologised in 'Completing the Picture: exiles, outsiders and
independents'(edited by William Oxley, Stride, 1995).
A 'Selected Poems' was published in 1995. The pamphlet 'Cat Poems'
came out in October 1997. The book 'Wounds' was published by Salzburg
University Press at the end of 1997. These make up my second set of books.
The 'Kitten Poems' pamphlet was published in 2002.
A new and selected poems 'Finality' was published in 2005.
A compilation of my Durham Poems was published by
Arrowhead Press in 2005.
The cover graphics
of my publications may be viewed.
I edited my webzine
Lynx: Poetry from Bath
from 1997 to 2000.
William Oxley included me in his Stride Anthology, which coincided with
the publication of my 'Selected Poems', and I have extracted my
Here is a selection I would have
A current selection
(18 December 2003) is available, which is included in 'Finality'.
The four books of 'The Horseman Trilogy':
Each book is designed as a separate entity and is not seen as a
collection. The books interact. The books are composed of sequences
which interact. The poems in a sequence interact.
The ten pamphlets:
'Dysholm' is a collection. It is the postscript to 'The Horseman Trilogy'.
'Cat Poems' is culled from
'The Horseman Trilogy' and was published as a pamphlet in October 1997.
'Poems93', 'Poems94' and 'Poems95' are collections. I have added later
pamphlets as the years have gone by.
The highly imaginative 'Arkansas-poems' is 90s work.
'Poems93', 'Poems94', 'Poems95' and 'Arkansas-poems' make up an unpublished
book 'Skiathos'. 'Selected Poems' was published instead.
is discussed, together with reviews and personal communications.
This is a version derived from six months consideration. The books of
'The Horseman Trilogy' were written urgently for an audience of one
whereas 'Selected Poems' is very much a vanity production.
This pamphlet selected work from between 1994 and 1996. A book 'Wounds'
was designed containing
but it was decided
not to publish it as being too personal. James Hogg at Salzburg University
Press took it on and it was published at the end of 1997.
William Oxley supplied an
on my early poetry, and Fred Beake wrote an
to the book 'Wounds'. I include these for interest.
'The Mary-poems' are known as 'Arkansas-poems' on the Internet.
A couple of months previously I had published my
popular hit the
'Cat Poems' pamphlet,
extracted from 'Horsemen' and 'Dysholm'.
I hadn't written a poem since 27 September 1998 so in 1999
collected my outstanding poems in a pamphlet
(32 pages). These were assembled from the seven unpublished pamphlets
['Poems93', 'Poems94', ... , 'Poems99'], excluding poems previously published
in 'Selected Poems' and 'Wounds'.
But on 9 June 1999 I wrote my goodbye to my friend
Ludovic the cat
which started me writing again. It begins below
but I have been writing very seldom. Marty the kitten
came into the house on 22 July 2000 giving me fresh impetus.
I designed a
'Kitten Poems' pamphlet (37 pages)
which was published in 2002.
A book 'Warmth' of new and selected poems was compiled in the summer of 2000
from the then current
selection of poems and the pamphlet
Warmth, with the addition of
'Stonehenge' and 'Lifetimes' from 'Selected Poems', and 'Songs to be sung'
['Ludovic the cat', 'Homesteader', 'Poetry', and 'Poem'] from
the pamphlet 'Poems00'.
But I decided not to publish it as I didn't feel the
quality of the new poems good enough to justify the expense.
Four more pamphlets:
I have three early unpublished books:
'Camelot' (70 pages),
'Roncesvalles' (88 pages), and
'Cernunnos' (82 pages) which have been
scavenged for poems in the published work.
I would have liked to have added the poems
'pagan' and '...and yet none more wonderful than man'
from 'Roncesvalles' to my book 'Troubador' in their appropriate places.
I have added a couple of
extra uncollected poems.
For my sixtieth birthday I designed a pamphlet
Alive (34 pages)
being work from 1997 to 2002.
was designed and PostScript files created containing
a current selection
and 'Alive' and it was published in 2005.
All I had written since 30 June 2003 was my
but on 16 October 2005 I started writing again:
For my 65th birthday I designed a pamphlet of
taken from all my publications and it developed
into a book which I made the final publication
from my Benjamin Press on 1 May 2008.
If you have any comments do send them to me,
Douglas Clark/Douglas Clark's poems/
Benjamin Press, 69 Hillcrest Drive, Bath BA2 1HD, UK/