Poetry. The haunting poems in ORDINARY GRAVITY drop you into a world of logging towns of western Oregon in the fifties and sixties—a way of life undergoing change—with forays into the small towns, the woods, and on the rivers. Gary Lark is a keen, elegiac witness to the people in this world and the generation marked by the Vietnam War, and their hard-won wisdom and ironies. These poems and people "enrich the thin life of this planet," as the title poem states. In life, one shouldn't presume too much, but there are gains—"All you have to do is brave the thorns."
Gary Lark's most recent collection is ORDINARY GRAVITY (Airlie Press, 2019). Other work includes River of Solace (Flowstone Press), Editor's Choice Chapbook Award from Turtle Island Quarterly; In the House of Memory (BatCat Press); Without a Map (Wellstone Press); Getting By, winner of the Holland Prize from Logan House Press. Gary and his wife live in Oregon's Rogue Valley.Author City: GRANTS PASS, OR USA