if you turn around I will turn around by Ben Clark | 2015

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Ben Clark’s if you turn around I will turn around is a collection of epistolary poems that explore, question, and document the evolving eighteen year relationship with his closest friend. With elegant, lyrical language, and through a variety of formal structures, including collaboration with other authors and text, Clark crafts a voice uniquely its own. This is both a book of refusal and one of rugged acceptance, a book of forgetting, remembering, and re-imagining, a book that is itself an offering, an exchange of memory, and story, and love. The poems inside meant to honor, to mourn, to celebrate, to retreat into, to mark the space between two lives, and the constant magnetic pull of those lives in opposite directions. 

 

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for samples of work from this collection: benclarkpoetry.com

 

Reviews:

Spencer Dew for decomP magazinE

Emmi Barrett for The Culture Trip

Danielle Susi for American Micro Reviews

Jacob Victorine for Poet’s Quarterly