Jesus in the Trailer (Paperback)
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Above all else the poetry in Jesus in the Trailer evokes a cogent sense of place. Whether addressing police violence on the cobblestone streets of Savannah, the loss of a loved one to dementia, or coming of age in a trailer park in Appalachia, these poems address matters of faith, death, love, lust, and beauty while not masking the pain of Southern history.
About the Author
Andrew K. Clark is an award-winning writer from Alexander, NC, outside of Asheville. His work has appeared in work has appeared in UCLA’s Out of Anonymity, fall / lines, Good Juju, Number One Journal, and many others. Main Street Rag published his first collection of poetry, Jesus in the Trailer, in 2019. He is searching for a home for his first novel, The Day Thief. An excerpt from the novel was featured in The Blue Mountain Review.
Andrew K. Clark's Jesus in the Trailer is a work of brutal splendor, in which single pages carry the weight of whole novels and redemption flickers in the blood and hay of childhood memories. Clark sounds the gothic rhythms of old-time religion and devil's blues, alternately exhorting and confessing, calling us to burn bright and sleep deep -- to hold close the ones we hold dear.
author of Gods of Howl Mountain
This book of poems is an invitation to fall in love with the poet’s presence in his time and place, whether you are, or are not, from the South, wishful or heart-broken.
author of Today, Fish Only
Jesus in the Trailer is an intimate and sobering look at the South, at faith, at youth and aging. Clark’s poems are as tangible as red clay, with an appreciation for the rustic and a reverence for time. From start to finish, this is a truly captivating collection. You'll return to it again and again.
–Ariel Felton, writer and editor in Savannah, Georgia
These poems pulse with conflict — desire and regret, tenderness and violence, hypocrisy and spirituality. “Red Lights” jolts us straightaway: “Sinister red Christmas lights/in the window…” Clark explores childhood trauma and sexual awakening, adult relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, and, ultimately, the sustaining grace of the natural world and love, as in “Frost Moon”: “where in the summer we lay/letting the green moss/grow over our bodies…” Deftly crafted and compellingly honest, Clark’s debut collection is impressive.
author of Some Wonder and Terrestrials
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