Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.
Wallace Stevens, in his poem “A Postcard from the Volcano,” writes, “left what we felt / at what we saw.” Patricia Clark’s stunning fourth poetry collection, Sunday Rising, is full of such moments, carefully wrought and mined for their resonance. Haunting human forms rise from the underworld, seeking to communicate, longing for connection. In language as resounding and evocative as the subjects it describes, Sunday Rising questions the past, human relationships, the meaning of loss, and the author’s own heritage.... Its teachings, consolations, utterances, and echoes comprise a sense of discovery. The ethereal and often spiritual practice of seeing and taking note is celebrated, whether this process yields gemstones or ore, or words wrought into the music and imagery of poetry.
"Ravined and swooping, observant and questioning, musical and capacious, knowledgeable, playful, and precise, Clark’s poems have the texture—and range—of life."
"Sunday Rising is both elegiac and rebellious in tone. It mourns our losses, whether in our individual narratives or on our shared earth, and accepts what must be while saying no to what mustn’t."
Michigan State University Press