Beyond the Page: The Formal Possibilities of Thomas A. Clark

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Following his friend and mentor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Thomas A. Clark has long been interested in exploring the “formal possibilities of poetry”. Since 1973 he has published poems on postcards, bags, and kites, as well as embarking on larger installation works. This work, often produced in collaboration with his wife, the artist Laurie Clark, is considered here within the context of Objectivist and Concrete poetics. And drawing on ideas from Marion Milner and D.W. Winnicott, alongside Kate Soper’s theory of Alternative Hedonism, this article aims to highlight the significance and importance of Clark’s work to our contemporary moment – and stress to other writers the creative possibilities of writing beyond the page.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWriting in Practice
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Thomas A Clark
  • Laurie Clark
  • visual poetry
  • Marion Milner
  • D W Winnicott
  • medical humanities
  • mindfulness
  • alternative hedonism
  • ecocriticism


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