Human Life

By Tom Clark b. 1941 Tom Clark
Always behind my back I hear
The spastic clicking of jerked knees
And other automatic reactions
Tracking me through the years to where
Time’s winged chariot is double
Parked near the eternity frontier
And in such moments I want to participate
In human life less and less
But when I do the obligatory double take
And glance behind me into the dark green future
All I see stretching out are vast
Arizona republics of more

Tom Clark, “Human Life” from Light and Shade: New and Selected Poems.
Copyright © 2006 by Tom Clark. Used with the permission of Coffee House
Press, www.coffeehousepress.org.

Source: Sleepwalker's Fate: New and Selected Poems (1992)

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Poet Tom Clark b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

Subjects Time & Brevity, Living

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Tom Clark has combined the diverse roles of poet, biographer, novelist, dramatist, reviewer, and sportswriter during his writing career. In addition to dozens of books of poetry, a play, two novels, two story collections, and numerous biographies of literary figures, Clark's works include a book co-written with star baseball pitcher Mark Fidrych, poems about such sports legends as Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue and Bert Campaneris, . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Living

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

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