Issue 20: Adrian Clarke


fast track

aspirant crap

shopfloor shiftwork

gifted scraps

potlatch for

stopgap on

the job

variance facades

offset celibate

usage clocked

in to          

update bodies

mechanized for

a song

austerity measures

shock stimulus

retail sector

ego splits

partitive article

for cross-dressed

image trade-off

niche rite

by rote

dermal mark-downs

to cash-strapped

abasement body

language stunned

at source

pillared inscriptions

space framed

vacancies barely

somatic trailing

the ley

lines scripts

progress lineage

from hand-

to footprints

on-screen rockface

for urban

narration nomadic

silver linings

stripped out

global hub

Civility glass-ceilinged

Onlooker sublet

skyline blitzed

morning gridlock

to occult

night shift

Toxic floorspace

exchange palatial

alias free

trade backdated

deadhand tenement

transfers archived


Adrian Clarke co-edited issues of Angel Exhaust with Steven Pereira and Andrew Duncan and of the irregular AND magazine with Bob Cobbing and Ulli Freer; he is now with the Veer Books editorial collective. Poetry collections include Ghost Measures (Actual Size, 1987), Skeleton Sonnets (Writers Forum, 2002) Eurochants (Shearsman, 2010), and Possession (2007), Drastic Measures (rev. ed. 2016) and Excess Measures (2015), all from Veer.