Store is Open!

As River Dixon says, the Potter’s Grove Press store opened yesterday, and, as it happens, ‘Shorts – A Take On Poetry’ was published a year ago today – ever grateful to you, River – All the best from England – Eric.

The Stories In Between

The Potter’s Grove Press store is now open for business. Our titles are available to purchase directly from us in eBook and paperback. Buying from us instead of from Amazon or another of the big online dealers enables the author and us to retain a larger profit from sales. So, if you want to show more support to indie authors and publishers, buying direct is a great way to do it.

eBooks are available in three different formats: MOBI (Kindle), ePUB, and PDF. This enables people to read our books on a variety of devices and apps as opposed to being limited to Kindle, which previously was the only option. We have a page, here, giving some guidance on what to do with the eBook file once you have purchased and downloaded.

We’re still building up our paperback inventory but we have most titles in stock. Unfortunately, at this…

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Throwback Friday – They – Eric Daniel Clarke (EDC Writing)

Looking back through poems, found this one, can’t figure why it didn’t make its way into ‘Shorts -a take on poetry’ – I guess I had a reason, can’t think why, next book a possibility, it reads as me…

Go Dog Go Café

They talked easy
nothing and something
spilled secrets
showed off their minds

They walked mostly
eating cheap places
drank wine
held hands a while

They kissed briefly
station rushed goodbyes
waved smiling
till their last time

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Cut Ups To Manuscript – A Year Ago Today

A year ago today I submitted a manuscript for a poetry book to Potter’s Grove Press. The submissions panel had liked sent examples of my take on poetry and requested submission of a full manuscript for their consideration – this post relates how the manuscript came about.

Now, to start with, I’m not well organised. I have files in all sorts of places, vaguely titled, even more vaguely dated – by year mostly, and when by month by luck! Yet I’ve a kind of mind that can recall fragments of written words, be it a line alone, of a poem, of prose – if I wrote it I kind of know. Now where it is another matter, but with an approximation of when I wrote it I can usually figure one (or two) of several places I may have put it! And yes, I was like this as a scientist – it was the idea, the proof of concept that mattered, the recall of key detail, the ‘show and tell’ – its ever shifting balance, the ultimate story telling, be it live or by publication, that gave the buzz. And yes again, I maybe drove folk a little mad, but hey we got things done and it was hardly ever dull. And as with science, the same with writing, you get to know good people, it makes all the difference.

To cut a long story short, its what I did. I printed every file I had that had a poem in it then cut them up. Turned out I had over 200 poems, and the same again in lines, mostly ‘Six Words’ which I printed too and put their pages to one side. I kept the dining room windows shut as I displayed the individual poems on the fully extended table by size, removing duplicates (a few triplicates too) and those that looked as if they’d run on to a second published page – ‘Shorts’ was the title I’d long had in mind.

Now the shuffle begun, each poem moved, visually aligned to the contents of a page, a first take, a balanced view of text and white space. A flat top image arose of poems, one, two, three to a page, then a thought ‘what do I do with lines?’.

Well, I’d already done something – I’d blogged poems which were six word lines combined – they stared up from the table and labeled ‘Six Words into Verse’ – they gave me an idea – to add a stand alone yet related line to a poem, to create a one page ‘Poem and a line’ of which I’ve now blogged a few.

I cut lines out by instinct to staple to a poem – as if my mind recalling states of it when lines and poems came out. And in this frame I rearranged the table top – by feel, subconscious links placed poems into place – I couldn’t tell you how – beyond a rule of 5.

The scientists amongst you will know ‘The Rule of 5’ has a special meaning, if you check out ‘Lipinski’ you’ll see it in its simplicity – of molecules, of permeability, of barriers crossed, in a way, of things sinking in – it shaped a large part of my life as a scientist – and in my mind gave shape to my collective writing, there had to be structure somewhere, else free-form falls apart.

So to structure, the outline of a book – it’s pages, how it looks. I aimed for a 100 pages seamlessly laid out in 20 sets of 5, variable mixes of pages of these kinds:

One poem to a page (~15)

One poem and a line (~35)

Two poems to a page (~30)

Three poems to a page (~15)

Of which 10 are ‘Six-words into verse’

I ended up with 19 sets 5 – 95 poetic pages, just short of 160 poems in all, the multiples of 5 in brackets give a breakdown of each kind. As a guide, ‘Three poems to a page’ is usually the last page of a set – mind you things did get a little loose with sets towards the end as the options thinned. And yes, one poem broke free and took a second page ’ Called Your Name’ – I can live with that. Oh, and yes the introductory poem too ‘EDC Writing – A Take On Poetry’ – fair enough I say – it tells of where the words of ‘Shorts’ came from.

Shorts by EDC On Sale

‘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.

The Stories In Between

For a limited time, get the eBook for $.99 or the paperback for $6.99!

Here is a universal link for people outside of the US – Shorts: a take on poetry

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Muse Talking

You’re here then

I’ve always been

I couldn’t tell

No words then

Not as good

Who says

Me I guess

No one you believe

Not the same though

As when – Embankment, river crossing

More Kings Cross, adjacent streets

Need your hand held

You let go

I moved on

I guess me too

You got it

See you soon

You will

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This a fictional exchange close to real as all are with our muse – posted in response to the prompt from D Wallace Peach ‘Meet the Muse’ The references to London stations, Embankment and Kings Cross, relate to poems in ‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ – a bit of fun to figure out which one’s.

Throwback Friday – Old Ground – EDC Writing

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…

Go Dog Go Café

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

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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.

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Saturday Shorts – 10/Oct/20

Misread

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

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She wrote stories he couldn’t read

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Page 10: Shorts: a take on poetry – Eric Daniel Clarke – Potter’s Grove Press

poems , lines & six words – relationships, imagined, real?

Guest Blog Post – Featuring Eric Clarke

For a second week, Esther Chilton has kindly had me as a guest on her blog – this poem (quite long for me) sums up where my short poems come from…

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I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s now time for my guest post. If you’d like to feature as a guest on my blog, please get in touch. I’m looking for stories and non-fiction pieces of up to 1500 words and poems of up to 40 lines. If you can also send me a photo and a little bit about yourself too, that would be great. Please send them to estherchilton@gmail.com

Last week, my guest writer was Eric Clarke, with his poem England – Isolated Views. To read it, click here. And here’s another one from him for you to enjoy:

A Take On Poetry

By

Eric Clarke

Beaconsfield to Marylebone

Maidenhead to Paddington

Windsor to Waterloo

lines in, and out again

Exeter from all begun

Devon left, half century on

River Thames meandering

fields beside, counties bridged

Buckinghamshire, Berkshire views

English ways, getting there

London, underground…

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‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ … a page and a review

This is page 18 of ‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ published earlier this year in May as a paperback and e-book – plus a review which appeared on Amazon.com in June from someone I don’t know – who I can’t thank enough.

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Unreal

Not of light nor darkness
eyes closed seen not being
eyes open memory clinging
unreal still believed

 

Chaos

Dark fell into night
light showed up by day
shadows took to shade
chaos spins their end

 

Night Notes

Shuttered eyes open
touching what he feels
words laid out marauding
captured light reveals

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Review

Ama No Iwato
What an excellent and unusual poetry book
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020

As an author, Eric Daniel Clarke has such a profound sense of what humans need, what relationships and life is, and what makes all of our hearts tick and break. He puts your feelings into the words, the words into short blocks, the blocks into profound stories that touch your soul. Plus, it makes you smile. The author has a unique way of handling words and emotions.
I am looking forward to reading this book over and over because one time is not enough!
Thank you so much, Eric, for all your writing. Poets and writers like you make the greatest difference in this world, more than you may ever know!

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Shorts – a take on poetry: Review by L Owen

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:

EDS Shorts eBook Cover

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.’

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‘From a poets point of view…’  – a review I made in 2016:

Debutantes and Daisies: A Bouquet of Poetry by [Louisa Owen]

Creative living poetry

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2016 by EDC Writing (Amazon UK)