Ross Clark

(30 August 1953 - / Clark / Australia)

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Ross Clark is an award-winning Australian poet. His poems often use strongly physical imagery and he is a strong exponent of haiku poetry.


Born in Toowoomba, Clark attended Mt Gravatt High School and the University of Queensland. He spent over a decade teaching in rural and regional communities. In recent years he has specialized in teaching poetry and creative writing at Queensland University of Technology, as well as performing as a musician.

Critical recognition

In 1990 Clark was an inaugural member of the Queensland Writers Train; in 2003 he was recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal, otherwise known as the Centenary Medal, for ... more »

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Just After Rain

just after rain
when the water lies hesitant and pure
on the roads and footpaths
and a few cars still have their lights on

just after rain
when the frontyard trees sweat the last drops
from their chlorophyll brows
and the air is promise-crammed and light
and there are apparently more towers
in the distant city-centre than before

just after rain
when the pets emerge from under houses
and overlong browsers from within shops...

just after rain
we breathe in deeply and effortlessly
we enjoy watching where we put...

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