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A. C. Clarke is a poet and translator who has won a number of prizes, including Off the Stanza in 2011, Second Light in 2012, and the Cinnamon Poetry Pamphlet Prize in 2017. Her second pamphlet, A Natural Curiosity, published by New Voices Press in 2011, was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald award.
AC Clarke's new collection of poems, War Baby, has just been published by Cinnamon Press.
The powerful, tight prose passages interspersed with spare, elegant poems not only communicate the visceral details of a specific time and place, but also open up questions of how memory works, its gaps and its intensity, above all how its scars resonate through a life. A highly accomplished and compelling pamphlet from an experienced poet.
In War Baby, A.C. Clarke vividly and with penetrating honesty remembers some of the key emotional moments of her war-torn childhood in London. Her youthful memories spring off the page with a power that is fresh, raw, sharp and bitter-sweet, her words reaching to the very core of love, loss and longing and thereby reaching into our own hearts. At one and the same time Clarke manages to be that little girl and the sensitive, thoughtful, observant poet that she is. This evocative and moving collection can only add to her growing reputation as a poet of enormous talent.
Robin Lloyd Jones