Cobourg by Mark Clement
Includes a CD of all poems read by the author - $10.00 (includes
Published by Ink
Bottle Press 2006 - I.S.B.N.: 0-9782399-1-1 - 14pp
Reviewed by: Michael
Mark Clement's poems are beauteous and touched me viscerally. He writes
with the warm cadence of a man who has lived and breathed every precious
blood of life. "Tea With Lemon" speaks to everyone
who has ever savoured that brown libation. I love the image "Tea
with bits of sunlight through the shade" conjures in my mind's
eye. I think every poetic scribe can relate to his poem "Love
Perhaps". Each stanza evokes his creative and imaginative intellect.
"Too Dam Early" is a paean to every person running
the rat race. Simply beautiful. In "A Breakfast Encounter"
the lines "I have filled these glaciated days/ with a thousand
books/ and children." in essence spells out the joy and reverence
for life. The great thing about Mark Clement's poems is their unpretentiousness,
but at the same time, their stylistic grandeur which paint wonderful
images. After having read his chapbook "Reading In Cobourg"
I wished the work were 100 pages because I was thirsting for more. Bravo!