Antonia Clark

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Antonia (Toni) Clark, a medical and science writer, has also taught poetry and fiction writing and is co-administrator of an online poetry forum. Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and electronic journals, including The 2River View, Anderbo, The Cortland Review, Eclectica, The Fox Chase Review, MiPOesias, The Missouri Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, and Softblow. Toni loves French picnics and plays French café music on a sparkly purple accordion. She lives in Winooski, Vermont, with her husband, Tom Creswell.

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Smoke and Mirrors: Poems

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Chameleon Moon: Poems

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“A Book I Can Put Down

I’m halfway through
and I’ve gotten used
to the way it wants
to be read. This writer
wants to spoon it up,
wants to watch me
swallow it. This writer
makes a point of good
deeds, clean living,
god and country,
when what I want
is sin and shame,
the rusty metal edge
of cruelty, varieties
of pain, his mother
still crying years later,
just like mine. I want
a writer who’s given up
on the moral of the story,
one who’ll hand me
a knife and sit back
to see what I do with it.

(Published in Anderbo)”
Antonia Clark
tags: poem

“Amends

Regret lingers, niggles. Yellow lilies
on the table, gone brown in the vase.
The garden we talk about, endlessly,
but never begin, deterred by tough sod.

On the edge of the walk, the wheelbarrow
full of stones waits like an undelivered
apology. Within, the floor needs scrubbing
and only hands and knees will do the job.

I know that forgiveness is a simple meal—
a salad, a boiled potato, a glass of tea.
Easy to prepare, to offer. That the silence
afterward will satisfy, perhaps even nourish.”
Antonia Clark, Chameleon Moon: Poems
tags: poem

“Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic multiple-choice question: If you saw a burning bush, would you (a) call 911, (b) get the hot dogs, or (c) recognize God? A vanishingly small number of people would recognize God, Anne had decided years before, and most of them had simply missed a dose of Thorazine.”
Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow

“Quality reading exercises the crucial dialogue with yourself, the dialogue you must undergo to become yourself, to know where on the vista of existence you can place your own identity and awareness.”
Anonymous

“A Book I Can Put Down

I’m halfway through
and I’ve gotten used
to the way it wants
to be read. This writer
wants to spoon it up,
wants to watch me
swallow it. This writer
makes a point of good
deeds, clean living,
god and country,
when what I want
is sin and shame,
the rusty metal edge
of cruelty, varieties
of pain, his mother
still crying years later,
just like mine. I want
a writer who’s given up
on the moral of the story,
one who’ll hand me
a knife and sit back
to see what I do with it.

(Published in Anderbo)”
Antonia Clark
tags: poem

“Amends

Regret lingers, niggles. Yellow lilies
on the table, gone brown in the vase.
The garden we talk about, endlessly,
but never begin, deterred by tough sod.

On the edge of the walk, the wheelbarrow
full of stones waits like an undelivered
apology. Within, the floor needs scrubbing
and only hands and knees will do the job.

I know that forgiveness is a simple meal—
a salad, a boiled potato, a glass of tea.
Easy to prepare, to offer. That the silence
afterward will satisfy, perhaps even nourish.”
Antonia Clark, Chameleon Moon: Poems
tags: poem

“I have no religion, for I have spent too many years eating from the tree of knowledge.”
Mignon Ariel King, Dropping the Mask: non-Academic reflections of a womanist writer

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message 7: by Jane

Jane Sinclair Toni- thanks for the review. I am currently reading Warlight- michael ondaatje. he write English patient, but still trying to finish sara voss. I had to cut cover off of warlight as I am going backpacking and too heavy, no paperback yet and too long a trip for kindle. hope you are doing well. love jane


message 6: by S.

S. WHAT?! In (near) Burlington there's no bookstore with literary journals?! And I just read recently it's the healthiest city in America?

I do know New Pages, and appreciate what they do a lot.

I'll see if I can whip up some surreal links...



Antonia Oh yeah, Poetry. Sometimes (often!) I want to fling it. Rattle is probably my favorite poetry journal. I support it by subscribing, although back issues are available online (www.rattle.com). I only recently discovered that! Didn't realize that about Ploughshares, either. I thought they had only selections available. Great news. Beloit has a lot (not all, not current issue) available online. But there is just so much available online. (Do you know the site, newpages.com? They carry a lot of reviews of lit journals): http://www.newpages.com/

Here's a print journal I really like (and I'll keep you in mind if I think of others): Margie. It's an annual, about 400 pages, all poetry. Mostly short pieces, mostly the kind of poetry I like to read. http://www.margiereview.com/index.html

There aren't any bookstores near me that carry literary journals, though the local Barnes & Noble is now better than it's been for many years. I pick up free issues at conferences and occasionally order a sample issue.

Send me a couple of links to poems you like that would qualify as surreal.



message 4: by S.

S. that's what i figured you meant. (it's just i've been thinking about poets' notebooks recently and somehow thought you might know of some!)
At the moment only subscribe to a couple fledgling journals that I'm supporting (and have also supported me). Like you, I usually do subscribe to different journals. I like to change every year, and pick up stray copies when i make my annual pilgrimage to the states, although i didn't make it to any particularly good bookstores (for periodicals) last time around.
I subscribed to Poetry a few years ago for a couple of years, but was frequently underwhelmed and overtaxed. Of course there usually was something in each issue that made it worthwhile. I do like field and ploughshares, but with the latter you can read the entire issue online once the new issue comes out. Considering how long it take to have subscription copies delivered to germany, i go the cheap way.
i should think again about finding a couple good journals to subscribe to. I particularly like shorter poems and the surreal, so if you have any suggestions, I'm taking them!


Antonia Hi Sarah, I meant literary magazines – both electronic and print. I always subscribe to a few. My regular subscriptions are Poetry, Margie, Rattle, and Bellevue Literary Review (not all poetry). But I like to try other lit journals from time to time (e.g., Beloit Poetry Journal, Field, Green Mountains Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, River Styx, Tin House, etc.) and I pick up a lot of single issues, too. I always have a huge stack.


message 2: by S.

S. When you say "poetry journals," do you mean magazines, or poets' diaries/notebooks?


Antonia Hi Cheryl, I'm new around here, but will get in the swing eventually. Truth is, I have been reading mainly poetry journals lately. I'm curious about what friends are reading, so this seems like a good start. - tc


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