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Product Details

  • Series: New Issues Poetry & Prose
  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose; 1 edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930974132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930974135
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,328,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...he understands passion for what it is, polymorphous, heartstrong and headdriven...to be ridden and ridden out and ridden again." -- William Olsen

"Clark is a deeply thoughtful poet whose narrative gift is always enhanced by a searching and restless consciousness" -- Sandra M. Gilbert

"Many of these poems are altogether sweet and perfect. This is a wonderful book." -- Norman Dubie

"What Clark allows us to see is how vulnerable we are to the unpredictable." -- Jacqueline Marcus

About the Author

Kevin Clark earned both his M.A. in Creative Writing (1979) and his Ph.D. in Literature (1986) at UC Davis. He teaches poetry writing and modern and contemporary American literature at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. He has published three chapbooks: One of Us (Mille Grazie Press, 2000), Widow Under a New Moon (Owl Creek Press, 1990), and Granting the Wolf (State Street Press, 1984). Clark's poems have appeared in numerous magazines and collections, including The Antioch Review, The Georgia Review, College English, and The Black Warrior Review. He has won two Academy of American Poets awards and The Charles Angoff Award from The Literary Review. His critical articles have appeared in several journals and collections, among them The Iowa Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Recent essays have appeared in books about Charles Wright and Ruth Stone. Clark is also the book review editor for Solo, a poetry journal based in California.

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Kevin Clark's book Self-Portrait with Expletives has won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition and will be published by Pleiades Press and distributed by LSU Press. His first full-length collection In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Press, 2002) earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets.

The author of three chapbooks, Kevin has published poems in such journals as the Georgia, Iowa, and Antioch reviews, Crazyhorse, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The New York Quarterly, and The Denver Quarterly. The Notre Dame Review has anthologized one of his poems in The Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years. Several years ago he won the Angoff Award for best contribution to The Literary Review.

Kevin also writes many essays about literature, some of which have appeared in magazines such as The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. A semi-regular contributor to the review pages of The Georgia Review, he's also published essays in books about Ruth Stone, Charles Wright, and Sandra McPherson. Winner of two teaching awards, Kevin has written a poetry writing textbook, The Mind's Eye, published by Pearson Longman.

Kevin teaches American literature and creative writing at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and during the summers he teaches at The Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma. His web site is "www.calpoly.edu/~kclark." He lives with his wife Amy Hewes on California's central coast, where he continues to play upper division softball "despite legs like ancient concrete and more injuries than Evel Knievel."

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2002
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It would be hard to find a recent book of poetry in which language serves subject as
brilliantly as in Kevin Clark's In the Evening of No Warning. These hard-won poems go deep
and range far. What first dazzles by sheer inventiveness and originality soon captivates a reader
by force of the thought the language is called upon to bear. Terms of daily life- the passage of
time, parenthood, travel, sexuality- dramatically frame the narratives. The wit and daring of
"One of Us," the poignancy of the title poem and of "Margaret's Face," the scope of "Eros in
Middle Age," "The Price," "The End," have an intensity that compels a reader's impassioned
engagement. This book's publication is cause for rejoicing.
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You can hear him read a few poem on [...] Listen and buy this book.

These poems about time, circularity, generation, and parallel worlds are always, each of themselves, circular and complete. Of his dead father he says, "in one year I will be his senior" What one reader here called "self absorbed" I call genuineness because all of the personal only serves to make the universal revelations of his poems honest and tenable. He's unassumingly profound. Which of course makes us all think we can be poets.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2003
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As the book title suggests, In the Evening of No Warning, there is no such thing as security in a world that is often absurd and unpredictable. We believe that we can protect ourselves from "the problematic and the painful" by building up our little comfort zones with power, fame or riches, with lies and deceptions, but such props are merely deviations from reality. The "familiar" can slip at any time. There are no warnings. If there is to be a sanctuary or salvation at all-it exists when we least expect it-when we're struck by a luminous moment, an epiphany, that transforms us, if only temporarily. On turning to his wife and son, at the end of "The Steeple," Clark finds that inner sanctuary:
...Believing absolutely
in my love for both of them only, I'll listen
quietly in my chair, her lyric, unchanted words
breaking like revelations across his face.
"Many of these poems," wrote Norman Dubie, "are altogether sweet and perfect. This is a wonderful book."
I highly recommend this book! Buy it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on July 20, 2002
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Haunting, lyrical, bittersweet, at times mesmerizing, Kevin Clark's first collection of poems causes us to know how long we have waited for it, and to know that it won't be soon enough before we can have his second. The poems in IN THE EVENING OF NO WARNING are filled with wise sorrow and humor about relationships, families, memory, about love and loss. There is not a trivial moment here; like twilight, the book lingers with us long after we have shut the doors of its covers and come back to the lights of our own lives, which Clark, in musical yet colloquial and precise language, so tenderly illuminates.
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