The Ontario Poetry Society
~ Mark Clement ~

About TOPS










Ted Plantos Dedication






Mark Clement lives in the quiet town of Cobourg Ontario. Mark went to highschool in Cornwall Ontario and in 1958 had his first poem published in the St. Lawrence highschool yearbook. Following highschool, Mark attended college and became a technocrat in the field of electronics. Work and family life overtook poetry and he didn't begin writing again until the mid '70s. Since that time, Mark has become increasingly active in the world of poetry and, since his retirement, poetry has changed from an avocation to an almost full-time job. Today, Mark has non-paying jobs as webmaster and doing the design and layout of chapbooks and anthologies for The Ontario Poetry Society. In between, he manages to write a poem or two and participate in the local Cobourg Poetry Workshop.


- The Ontario Poetry Society
- Cobourg Poetry Workshop

- Looking Down the Road - self-published chapbook, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-926709-03-1, 28 pg.
- The Moon & War
- self published chapbook, 2009, ISBN: 978-926709-02-04, 28 pg.
- Trees & Seasons - self-published chapbook, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-9782399-9-2, 28 pg.
- Cobourg Winter Reading - self-published chapbook, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-9782399-7-8, 12 pg.
- Islands in the Shadow - full collection by Hidden Brook Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-897475-08-9, 63 pg
- Cobourg Poetry Reading - self-published chapbook c/w CD, 2008, ISBN:978-0-9782399-6-1, 12 pg
- A Poet's Lament - self-published chapbook, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-9782399-4-7, 20 pg.
- 12 Poems Read at 66 King East - self-published chapbook c/w CD, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-9782399-5-4, 12 pg
- Reading in Cobourg - self-published chapbook c/w CD, 2006, ISBN: 978-0-9782399-1-6, 14 pg
- Along the Path - self-published chapbook, 2006, ISBN: 978-0-9782399-0-9, 24 pg

Published Poetry:
Warm Days, The Cat, Daybreak Georgian Bay, Evening Before Sleep, Frog on Sidewalk, Day of Gray Stairs, Fire of the Day and Damn the Rain have been published in various issues of Verse Afire, the tri-annual newsletter of "The Ontario Poetry Society".

The Moth and I have not been taught about death were both published in North American Maple a Cross-cultural magazine published by the Chinese Literature Society of North America. Both of these poems have been translated into Mandarin.

Next Bed, Captured by the Trees and Fishing were published in Anthanor (1981) which was edited by Kathleen C. Moore and funded by Concordia University.

The Man with Slippery Hands and Of the Bard and Balls were published in 1980 issues of SWOP (South Western Ontario Poetry)

The Moon and War was published in the Anthology Witness by Serengeti Press.

Men and Women are the Same was published in the Anthology New Classic Poems edited and published by Neil Harding McAllister.

The Evils of Sugar, Meltdown, Sweet Soil and Flavours were published in Executive Sweet, a chapbook collection of 6 poets published by Beret Days Press (The Ontario Poetry Society Stanza Break series)

Still in Love, Valentine's Day and Evening Before Sleep were published in Open Heart I, a chapbook Anthology of Poetry by Beret Days Press. (The Ontario Poetry Society)

The Path appeared in the Tower Poetry chapbook Anthology vol 54 #1 published by the Tower Poetry Society

Open Window was published in the Open Window IV an Anthology published by Hidden Brook Press.

The Painted Word was published in Unlocking the Muse, an Anthology by the Ontario Poetry Society,

The Tight Circle, Rain Causes Detour and Passage were published in Enchanted Crossroads, an Anthology by the Ontario Poetry Society.

Tomorrow and Which Way to Go were published in Butterfly Thunder, an Anthology by The Ontario Poetry Society

Evening Before Sleep was published in Love the Main Course a chapbook Anthology by The Ontario Poetry Society.

Contact information:
- Mark Clement
- 106-980 Burbham St., Cobourg, ON K9A 4T7
- email Mark
- Visit Mark's website: http://www.inkbottlepress.com/justpoems.htm
( My website has my self-published chapbooks for reading along with audio for many of the poems )