Coolidge, Clark: To The Cold Heart
Fenrick Books, paperback
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
Publisher Marketing: Fenrick Books will publish To The Cold Heart by Clark Coolidge, “a retranslation, in the loosest sense, of the Han Shan Cold Mountain Poems, all three hundred and whatever of them.” Written in 1990, only a small excerpt has ever appeared in print.
[112 pages. 6x9. Perfect-bound with letterpress covers. Edition: 500 including a special edition of 50 with hand-altered covers by cover artist Maya Strauss, signed by both Maya and Clark.]
“Clark Coolidge’s To the Cold Heart is an adventure of mind’s reassociative play with words, tipsily tripping on tongue with an improvisatory exuberance the age demands. Like Parmenides doing a polka, Coolidge blows the tune at every turn.” --Charles Bernstein
"In these wonderfully concise poems, inspired by Hanshan, the Cold Mountain poet, there is a delicacy to be discovered from line to line, poem to poem. There are also enigmas questing for meaning to be found. This may be Clark Coolidge’s most quiet and intimate book where the reader finds space in small things, vitality in wonder." --Peter Gizzi
"Regardless of when, Clark’s poetry is always in the moment of timelessness—like the scurrying bop keys of Horace Silver, the vocabulary is centered in rhythm, in music at play with thoughts derived from the spaces between the notes. New every spin." --Thurston Moore