Tom Clark (March 1, 1941 – August 18, 2018) was an American poet, editor and biographer.
Education and personal life
Clark was born on the
Near West Side of Chicago, and attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park. After high school, he attended the University of Michigan, where he received a Hopwood Award for poetry. He then won a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake graduate study at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in England (1963-5), before spending further time pursuing doctoral research (on the advice of Donald Davie) at the newly-established University of Essex.  It was while in Britain that Clark famously hitchhiked through  Somerset in the company of Allen Ginsberg.
On March 22, 1968, he married Angelica Heinegg, at
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, New York City. As of 2013, he was living in California.
Clark was poetry editor of
from 1963 to 1973, and published numerous volumes of poetry with The Paris Review Black Sparrow Press, including a verse biography: Junkets on a Sad Planet: Scenes from the Life of John Keats (1994). His literary essays and reviews appeared in , The New York Times , The Times Literary Supplement , Los Angeles Times , San Francisco Chronicle , and many other journals. Some of his essays on contemporary poetry were collected in London Review of Books The Poetry Beat: Reviewing the Eighties. From 1987 to 2008, he taught poetics at New College of California.
Residing in California for the remainder of his life, Clark was an active writer, producing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In 1991, he published a biography of
Charles Olson, one of his poetic mentors, titled Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life (Norton: 1991).
On the evening of Friday, August 17, 2018, Clark was walking across a street in
Berkeley, California, and was hit by a car at about 8:40 p.m. He died on the following day.
Stones. Harper & Row. 1969.
Air. Harper & Row. 1970.
Green. Black Sparrow Press. March 26, 1971. ISBN . 978-0876850817
Smack. Black Sparrow Press. December 1972.
Blue. Black Sparrow Press. August 1974. ISBN . 978-0876851838
Fan Poems. North Atlantic Books. 1976. ISBN . 978-0913028452
. Black Sparrow Press. 1978. When Things Get Tough on Easy Street ISBN . 978-0876853498
A Short Guide to the High Plains, For . Cadmus Editions. November 1980. Ed Dorn ISBN . 978-0932274175
. Black Sparrow Press. May 1, 1984. Paradise Resisted: Selected Poems 1978-1984 ISBN . 978-0876856116
. The Border: Poem and Drawings Coffee House Press. 1985. ISBN . 0918273064
Disordered Ideas. Black Sparrow Press. June 1, 1987. ISBN . 978-0876856956
Easter Sunday: Selected Poems 1962 and 1987. Coffee House Press. October 1, 1987. ISBN . 978-0918273277
. Black Sparrow Press. February 1990. Fractured Karma ISBN . 978-0876857939
. Black Sparrow Press. June 1992. Sleepwalkers Fate: New and Selected Poems, 1965-1991 ISBN . 978-0876858707
Junkets on a Sad Planet: Scenes from the Life of . Black Sparrow Press. January 1, 1994. John Keats ISBN . 978-0876859186
. Black Sparrow Press. October 1, 1995. Like Real People ISBN . 978-0876859841
White Thought. Hard Press. 1997. ISBN . 978-8890972096
. Black Sparrow Press. November 1997. Empire of Skin ISBN . 978-1574230512
Light and Shade: New and Selected Poems. Coffee House Press. April 1, 2006. ISBN . 978-1566891837
Threnody. effing press. 2006.
Trans/Versions. Libellum Books. January 1, 2010. ISBN . 978-0975299388
The New World. Libellum Books. January 1, 2010. ISBN . 978-0975299371
Feeling For The Ground. BlazeVOX Books. February 11, 2010. ISBN . 978-1935402961
Something In The Air. Shearsman Books. March 15, 2010. ISBN . 978-1848611085
At The Fair. BlazeVOX Books. June 21, 2011. ISBN . 978-1609640446
Canyonesque. BlazeVOX Books. September 16, 2011. ISBN . 978-1609640712
Distance. BlazeVOX Books. April 6, 2012. ISBN . 978-1609640972
Truth Game. BlazeVOX Books. July 10, 2013. ISBN . 978-1609641443
Evening Train. BlazeVOX Books. July 11, 2014. ISBN . 978-1609641870 Ride. Flow Press. May 25, 2017. ISBN . 978-0998735719
Essays on Poetry
Other books by Clark