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 "contribution to poetry"; in 2004 he was recipient of the Queensland Writers' Centre Johnno Award, "for outstanding contribution to Queensland writers and writing"; and in 2008 he was recipient of the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize.

Ross Clark's Works:

1982. Chameleon: Triprych 1-33. Brisbane: Queensland Community Press
1986. With Fires on Every Horizon. Kelvin Grove: Brisbane College of Advanced Education
1997. Wishbones & windfalls. Flaxton: Post Pressed
2001. Remix: Poems Ancient and Modern. Flaxton: Post Pressed
2007. Salt Flung into the Sky. Charnwood: Ginninderra Press

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I have come far enough
from where I was not before
to have seen the things
looking in at me from through the open door

and have walked tonight
by myself
to see the moonlight
and see it as trees

and shapes more fearful