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Boy Thing by John W. Clarke

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"Boy Thing is a thing of wonder. These are poems that negotiate anew the tender, hurt territory of a boy abruptly unfathered with every fresh reading; and that travel into the wonderment of becoming a father of boys. We are given a boy's-eye-view of 1970s Cornwall with a music and detail so meticulous that we yearn with Clarke for its lost territories.

But these are not just poems of archive or archaeology; they are revelatory, dynamic and raw. Clarke is crucially attuned to the secret messages received in boyhood - its preoccupations and awakenings, epiphanies and abuses, and its shames. This book is unmissable: human and humane, grimy and sublime." - Fiona Benson

"Boy Thing is a beautiful book - sensual, atmospheric, full of nature and ritual. These poems while formally precise, possess a rawness that is startling and utterly compelling." - Ella Frears

Arc Publications



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