Jesus in the Trailer by Andrew K. Clark
"Andrew K. Clark's Jesus in the Trailer is a work of brutal splendor, in which single pages carry the weight of whole novels and redemption flickers in the blood and hay of childhood memories. Clark sounds the gothic rhythms of old-time religion and devil's blues, alternately exhorting and confessing, calling us to burn bright and sleep deep—to hold close the ones we hold dear."
—Taylor Brown, author of Gods of Howl Mountain
"These poems pulse with conflict—desire and regret, tenderness and violence, hypocrisy and spirituality. 'Red Lights' jolts us straightaway: 'Sinister red Christmas lights/in the window…' Clark explores childhood trauma and sexual awakening, adult relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, and, ultimately, the sustaining grace of the natural world and love, as in 'Frost Moon': 'where in the summer we lay/letting the green moss/grow over our bodies…' Deftly crafted and compellingly honest, Clark’s debut collection is impressive."
— Eric Nelson, author of Some Wonder and Terrestrials
"Clark’s honed poems bite and leave us questioning our natures; we can’t hide in religious fervency or thru unzipped exploits. His poem Rebel Mama sears our conundrum, 'and I know you, can’t get away from you.'"
—Tim Conroy, author of Theologies of Terrain and co-founder of the Pat Conroy Literary Center
Andrew K. Clark is a writer whose work has recently appeared in UCLA’s Out of Anonymity, Good Juju, fall / lines, and NO:1 journals. He is the recipient of the Georgia Southern University Roy F. Powell Creative Writing Award.
He is a native of Alexander, NC, just outside of Asheville where he now resides, and is searching for a home for his first novel, The Day Thief. An excerpt from the novel was selected to appear in The Blue Mountain Review.