Thomas A Clark’s new long poem, Shade, begins with the following invitation:

take a chair
and carry it
into the shade

This gentle petition finds a later echo, when the poet asks us to:

come into the shade
of the word

the vowels
are sheltered
by consonants


Shade therefore asks of its reader several kinds of attention, subtly eliding the inner and outer, the physical and the imaginary, the world and the word.

Corbel Stone Press is honoured to publish this new work by a major contemporary writer, in a numbered edition of 72, one for each line of the poem.


Twelve of these exemplars will be reserved as a Special Edition, each of which will be accompanied by a small print specially hand-coloured by Laurie Clark, and a numbered card signed by both Laurie and Thomas A Clark.