Along the Way. Poems for family and friends
Authored by Kenneth Clark
Prologue by Gurt M. Lemke
Cover design or artwork by Timothy Watson
Prepared for publication by Silvia Alfaro
Throughout his adult life, Kenneth Clark wrote poems which he shared at times with family and friends.
This book, Along the Way: Poems for family and friends, contains most of them.
Gurt M. Lemke said:
Ken has an amazing talent to create clear, concise and memorable images which, in the words of Irving Layton, create poetry that is 'a miraculous fusion of sound and sense'. These are some epigrammatic lines from Ken's poems:
-"for friends are random gifts of joyous circumstance
that come but rarely to the human dance"
-"let us honour birthdays -the universal gift of time-"
-"seeking the sharp edges of truth in our time"
-"We must embrace the struggle as a lover
for it perversely nurtures us"
-"It's heaven to be seven
with a daddy like mine"
Kenneth Clark was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but was raised in Kenora, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1956 with a degree in journalism and worked as a journalist for various newspapers and the Canadian Press for 15 years. He joined the federal Department of Agriculture’s communication division in the 1970s and retired from there. Close to the end of his journalism career, he was awarded a Southam Fellowship at Massey College in Toronto. He is married to Elaine Clark (Adams) and has four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.