“David Clarke conjures up post-apocalyptic visions that are uncomfortably close to our present. All of humanity is played out here, from gamers to generals, the whole bitingly observed. Scare Stories is a frightening mirror, but it’s also compelling and hypnotic, I dare you to look away.” Claire Trévien
Scare Stories is a sequence of poems that is very unusual and very unsettling.
LONGLISTED for Best Poetry Pamphlet in Saboteur Awards 2017.
David Clarke's sequence-length pamphlet Scare Stories is published by V. Press in March 2017. Clarke's pamphlet, Gaud (Flarestack), won the Michael Marks Award in 2013. His first full collection of poetry, Arc, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016 and was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.
A sample from the pamphlet can be found below.
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From Scare Stories...
We buzz our personal shopper in –
her face glitched on a tiny screen.
In this, the cocktail hour, we sheen
our gums with bitters and sapphire gin,
recline as the video wall dilates
with shots of ocean swell, segues
into copper sundowns. Displayed
across the coffee table, the latest
linens, white, but piped with clay
or teal, moccasins in ivory
suede. Our personal shopper’s very
much on the money. We wave her away.