Common Prayer

from jeremy clarke

An abseiling window cleaner and a pavement layer
in a 'blind' dialogue as they go through their working day.

Published pamphlet by rufus books, London.

A limited, bound edition and an ambient recording of this work
available elsewhere on this site.

This work was performed as part of the 2014
Poetry For Lunch series at Eton College
(27 May, Election Hall).

'Jeremy Clarke has an ongoing relationship with Eton
as our visiting poet. He has given many inspiring and
memorable workshops and seminars to boys interested
in writing. We have been lucky to have access to the real thing.

For Clarke's work reminds one of what poetry is: language crafted with such care that it acquires a special lustre. The impression of skill and craftsmanship one has from his work may reflect his close interest in, and connection to, the visual arts. His debut collection 'Devon Hymns' (2010) featured pictures by Yves Berger and his father John Berger (the painter and Booker Prize-winning novelist); his forthcoming collection 'Spatiamentum' (2014) will be illustrated by Paola Volpato, and he has also done work with the sculptor Emily Young for St. Pancras Old Church.

His relationship with St. Pancras Old Church reflects his sincere, if slightly unconventional spiritual faith. He prefers visiting empty churches to attending church services and he has described the process of working at poems as a form of prayer. Moreover, though he escaped to the countryside to write 'Devon Hymns', he has spoken to at least one interviewer about following a kind of 'urban monasticism' as a London poet embracing 'poverty, obscurity, loneliness and rejection'.

Though he is utterly genial in company and conversation, one detects a level of seriousness in him about the business of living and writing; his poems reveal a profound commitment to what really matters - an essence, a truth.

~ Joe Francis, Eton College

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