‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ is EDC’s first offering, 158 poems presented, one, two, three a page, and as a poem plus a line, you know the kind, drawn from EDC blog posts made 2014 to end of 2019 – the River Dixon (Potter’s Grove Press) re-blog gives a link to Amazon where you are – in the UK an ebook for less than a pound and a paperback for just over a fiver for a limited time. My best to all out there – ‘Shorts’ wouldn’t exist without you.
As we approach the clock change, let time fall back an hour, a throwback post today at the Go Dog Go Cafe where I contribute now and then…
False dawn before the clock change
within darkness comes his fall
holes dug laid out before him
loose words piled high ignored
heavy hands of time push back
let him swallow on his lies
her tears wet over
raked old ground subsides
Eric Daniel Clarke (aka EDC Writing) is an Englishman, raised and schooled in Devon close to its Somerset and Dorset borders, and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. He has spent his adult life near the River Thames, in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, working as a scientist at the boundaries of the physical and life sciences. Now in his later years he finds himself writing poetry and prose, using words in place of molecules to explore life’s boundaries; observed, imagined, of his mind and yours.
He takes in the view
all the lines and spaces
curves and wiggles traced
their flow and punctuation
top to bottom footnotes
nothing hidden from him
He turns the pages over
no choice she made him
dense close packed tension
no clarity or meaning
she too complicated for him
too deep too dark he leaves
She wrote stories he couldn’t read
Page 10: Shorts: a take on poetry – Eric Daniel Clarke – Potter’s Grove Press
The nature of our online world, as real, you remember people, however distant, they’re here in some way – a review by L Owen who blogged until a few years ago:
Easy reading short quirky poems about life and relationships
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2020 by L Owen (Amazon UK)
‘Easy reading but very thought provoking. Eric has a marvellous way of writing one thing but possibly meaning something else entirely. What exactly? That’s for you to decide, to interpret in your own way and that dear reader is the joy of poetry. From a poets point of view… I thoroughly enjoyed this collection.’
‘From a poets point of view…’ – a review I made in 2016:
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2016 by EDC Writing (Amazon UK)
If you’re anything like me, you write lines and poetry from within, the bedrock of subconscious giving rise to words – yet not always knowing what it is you’ve said?
‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ has it’s first review – anonymous from Germany – I’ve a good idea who wrote it – thank you – I couldn’t have asked for more…
5.0 out of 5 stars A way of being, the fundamentals of who we are
Reviewed in Germany on May 12, 2020
Eric’s poems are short love stories, the stories of our lives, if you will, where we meet half-way, collide, let go, never get to meet. This is a book about another me, another you, things we know or think we know.
Full of puns and (un)expected humor, this poetry collection is as light as a feather, yet as deep as the wishing well itself, and if you’d like to know when you’ll hear the splash, you’ll have to drop a coin into it first.
An absolute delight to read!
‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ has been published today and thanks to so many of you, and to my surprise, the e-book features in poetry new release best sellers lists on the Amazon UK and US sites. What can I say, my poems exist because of you, your encouragement, your support, your friendship – believing in a man you’ve read online, a man less than a handful of you have met – my book exists because of River Dixon, author, and founder of Potter’s Grove Press – one of you, one of us – blogging reaches out, can touch, can lead to extraordinary things – thank you River, thank you all – this Englishman is smiling, the sun is shining, time for my morning cup of tea
Word perturbed boundaries… diffusion of souls.
‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ in six words…
I’ll keep this short … thank you for reading me
Coming in May is the next release from Potter’s Grove Press
Shorts – a take on poetry by Eric Daniel Clarke
The eBook is available for pre-order now and will release on May 12 along with the paperback.
Click here to pre-order now!
Many of you may already know Eric as EDC from his blog Believing Sight Unseen. If not, take a moment to visit his blog and check out some of his work.
‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ the first book of my transition from scientist to writer will be published in May by Potter’s Grove Press. Writing poetry came as a surprise to me. I’d a novel in mind, ‘Believing Sight Unseen,’ it still is; competing hard with the immediacy of poetry.
I started writing late, creatively, that is. Until 2012 I wrote disciplined non-fiction, lived a scientist’s life of peer review and publication. I worked at boundaries; of the physical and life sciences, of industry and academia, of research and mentoring, of observation and extrapolation. 2012 to 2017 the transition made, not easily, not smoothly, easing out of science, finding my way to write.
Turned out my approach to writing not so different to the way I did science – a little unconventional – using words in place of molecules to explore boundaries; real, imagined, of my mind and yours. In short, PowerPoint bullet points became verse – I like to keep things tight.
‘Shorts – a take on poetry’
Eric Daniel Clarke
Examples submitted – 18th Nov’19
Manuscript requested – 2nd Dec’19
Manuscript submitted – 11th Dec’19
Manuscript accepted – 21st Dec’19
Contract signed – 24th Dec’19
Manuscript revised – 28th Jan’20
E-book & paperback – Summer’20