This collection of poems engages in new and animating ways with one of the profoundest texts of our past, the Book of Psalms. These poems are Clarke's response to his experience of reading the Psalter through once every month according to Cranmer’s divisions in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. “In an age of virtually ephemeral lyric poetry, the very notion of a long sequence of poems responding to the Psalms might seem unlikely, even fantastically ambitious, yet this is what Edward Clarke has given us: a magnificent undertaking, rigorously composed, deeply considered, forcefully experienced. These poems—‘uncompromising lines’ that read like ‘ancient signs’—call out to us in the noise of an almost unbearable modern world.” —Ernest Hilbert, author of Last One Out
Edward Clarke’s Eighteen Psalms was published by Periplum Poetry in 2018. He is also the author of two books of criticism, The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry and The Later Affluence of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens, and poetry editor of the online magazine Cassandra Voices.