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By: Clive Linke

Flowers and Flames

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The author has devoted his life to expounding his belief that poetry seeks to divine the depths of spirituality and brings us towards an understanding of the experience of the soul. He believes that the practice as well as the study of poetry should be inculcated in the young as soon as possible. This has little to do with exams and the curriculum but much to do with living spontaneously. As he puts it:

‘The encouraging of poetry, as with the arts generally at an early age, bears fruit. I remember listening to my infant teacher reading a poem about snow falling in London to a silent and appreciative group. I have never forgotten it.’

Clive Linke was born in Ilford, Essex in 1929. After one year at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he was awarded a Diploma, he emigrated to Australia in 1949. He studied English, History and Philosophy at the University of Western Australia between 1949 and 1954, winning a prize for poetry.

Following graduation he taught at various schools in Western Australia before returning to the UK in 1962 where he continued to teach until 1981. He was awarded an MA in Drama by the University of Essex and has appeared in numerous productions, playing roles such as Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman. Between 1981 and 1987 he travelled widely, with periods teaching in Singapore, Turkey, Denmark and Australia. He retired in 1987.

He currently lives in Kent.

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  • Laura Hawryluck

    In Flowers and Flames, Mr. Linke brings a lifelong love of poetry and the arts to his readers, asking them to consider our connectedness to nature, the universe, our history, and each other. Each poem asks us to reflect on how these deepen our understanding of our existence and how we relate to others. From chance encounters with old acquaintances to the sheer horribleness of the Holocaust- Mr. Link shows us why poetry is such a powerful medium for self-expression, reflection, and growth that should be taught from a young age and enjoyed throughout one’s life.

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