Week 39 Chapbook Chart 2018 – Jazzman John Robert Clarke

Altogether Elsewhere is a vibrant journey between reality and fantasy. The truths are strong, poignant and positive. The dreams are the shifting sands of sunsets and twilight visions. This chapbook is richly illustrated by Pete Jon Smith who captures London’s dissociative landscapes that are both urban and pastoral, real and unreal.

Poet, writer and performer, John Robert Clarke (b. 1948) is a well known name in London’s poetry performance scene. Born of Dublin parentage, he devoted more than two decades of his early career in commercial banking before finding the Muse in the mid to late 1990’s. Clarke is affectionately known as ‘Jazzman John’ due to his abiding influence from & interest in Jazz, Jazz styles, structures and rhythms. He ran a series of ‘alternative’ events throughout London, featuring, mainly, poets, musicians, singer-songwriters & performers. He was a regular performer at London venues up until his death in August 2018.

1 (3) Altogether Elsewhere – Jazzman John Robert Clarke (Sampson Low, 2017)

2 (2) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

3 (1) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

4 (5) Creance; or, Comest Thou Cosmic Nazarite – Andrew E. Colarusso and Matthew Shenoda (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

5 (New entry) Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

6 (4) Poem – Timmy Reed (Dostoyevsky Wannabe CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2018)

7 (New entry) Dark Matter – Valkyriekerry Kelly (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

8 (8) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

9 (New entry) The Wire-Headed Heathen – Inua Ellams (Akashic Books, 2016)

10 (9) Brood – Kimiko Hahn  (Sarabande Books, July 2018)

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