Today's poem is "Composition in Clear Glass"
from North of Wondering

Michigan State University Press

Patricia Clark is an associate professor in the Writing Department and also the poet-in-residence at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Slate, New England Review, North American Review, Pennsylvania Review, Black Warrior Review,, and Seattle Review. She is the receipient of a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan for 2003.

About North of Wondering:

"North of Wondering is a collection of poetry that provides an excellent introductory debut to a major new literary talent. Patricia Clark combines a gift of expression with an insightful ability to establish an emotive rapport with her reader through lyrical verse that sings with imagery, humanity, and place.”
—Midwest Book Review

"These poems have arrived at the page over a great distance and distillation of experience and after the patience and clarifications of time. They are the work of wonder, acceptance, and maturity of means—nothing wasted, nothing worth saying denied. The greatest pleasure in Patricia Clark's first collection is just how good and necessary the writing and how achieved the heart of the matter is."
—Stanley Plumly

"Wondering is a small town in Montana. In Patricia Clark's North of Wondering, with its ambitious allusion to Robert Frost's first collection North of Boston, place, culture, and climate intersect with reasoning and emotions to map the countours of wondering, as if the word itself were a small town, or a particular region, somewhere, that she wanted us to experience in all its complexity, from the nuances of questioning to marveling. The poems, while seeming to mosey to their destinations, create such suspense and pleasure in the turnings of the lines, the leaps and connections of the mind and heart, that we hurry down the page. Their superbly crafted, supple, and wise progression reminds us that the best poems are about more than once voice; they are also about vision. Without question, this is a wonderful first collection."
—Mary Stewart Hammond

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