Today, February 4, 2019, I just finished reading Cathedrals & Parking Lots, Collected Poems of Clemens Starck. Wonderful!

Clemens Starck’s book Cathedrals & Parking Lots is in good company.

As an author of six books of poetry, he has been widely enjoyed by both readers and audience members at his public performances. Clemens Starck will be a featured poet at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes, WA at 7pm Friday, February 8th, 2019. His new volume includes 242 pages of poetry, and his range of subject matter and style is impressive. His poems typically include physical details, and always have something interesting to say. If I were still a member of the Before Columbus Foundation in Berkeley, I would definitely choose this book for a 2019 American Book Award.

Clem lives in the foothills of the beautiful Coast Range in Western Oregon, where he has made his living as a carpenter and construction foreman. Early on he was a student at Princeton University, and later worked as a merchant seaman.

Cathedrals & Parking Lots was published this year by Empty Bowl in Anacortes, Washington. The $20 price for a book this hefty is a good deal, especially because the poet is brilliantly original.

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