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The Domestic Life of Ghosts

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Whoso list to haunt could do worse than to
Obtain the license, get the picture.
Spook finders must find spooks to put the face,
Name and space coordinates together.
What is kept in the mind perimeter
Retains a wild autonomy through fate.

I will retreat to the precorporate.
Let fate have what is fate’s and allow
This spirit to slip through time’s difficult
Nets with the devious fingers of
A wild wind, while I run along behind.

Tom Clark, “The Domestic Life of Ghosts” 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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