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Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.

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  • Paperback: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870137417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870137419
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By A. Monson on August 10, 2008
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Patricia Clark takes great pleasure in describing memories of life in Seattle and Tacoma. She is also inspired by rivers and Lake Superior as she describes grief, wonder, joy and yearning.

The first few poems are almost an introduction to her style, but I wasn't fully captured until I read Inflorescence: Fennel. In this poem she describes cooking with fennel and I had just mixed up a spice mixture with fennel seeds. While she is cooking with the fennel root, I still had a sense of the licorice flavor permeating the flavor of the fish. She describes the aroma as a prayer rising through the rainbow trout's flesh. I though the prayer image was beautiful and gave the poem a sense of reverence. Anyone who loves to cook will relate to the images in this poem.

Hiking Near Paradise was a real delight and will be for anyone who found a field mouse as a child. The Sound of a Mother Scolding Her Grown Daughter presents a scene from Orcas Island. The island is mysterious and Patricia Clark truly captures a contrasting moment in a very peaceful location. Here she feels vulnerable, longing for her mother's appreciation and understanding. She finds herself "ghostly," pretending to read a map while crying. "I'm hunched over, trying to stop my hands / from shaking, doing what I can to wash the taste / of her words from my mouth."

"Missing" was the moment where I found myself crying. I read this poem three times in a row because the feelings are quite conflicted and Patricia Clark captures a moment of time where you can no longer move forward because the past is too strong and will not yet release you. As the river moves forward, Patricia is left wondering how she can even go to the riverbank, where such a tragedy has occurred.
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My Father On A Bicycle is an anthology of free-verse poems by award winning author and Grand Valley State University Department of Writing professor Patricia Clark. Tracing the author's physical and spiritual journey from the Pacific Northwest forests where she grew up, the poems resonate with an appreciation for the timeless moments that only the simplest of joys can provide. My Father on a Bicycle: If you ever saw my father in shorts, / you wouldn't forget his stick-think legs, / the knees knobby as windfall dwarf apples // And the only time I saw him ride a bike, / Oakes Street, I think, he pedaled "no hands" / down the street to show me the stance. // He wasn't a runner either, though he'd move / at a quick trot when trouble came to our door- / usually when the twins caught somebody's wrath.
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