Tom Clark

(1941 / Near West Side of Chicago / United States)

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Tom Clark (born March 1, 1941) is an American poet, editor and biographer. Clark was born on the Near West Side of Chicago and educated at the University of Michigan where he received a Hopwood Award for poetry. On March 22, 1968, he married Angelica Heinegg, at St. Mark’s Church, New York City.[1] Currently (as of 2013) residing in California, Tom Clark's recent books of poetry are Light & Shade:... more »

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Final Farewell

Great moment in Blade Runner where Roy
Batty is expiring, and talks
about how everything
he's seen will die with him —
ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion,
sea-beams glittering before
the Tannhauser Gates.

Memory is like molten gold
burning its way through the skin
it stops there.
There is no transfer.
Nothing I have seen
will be remembered
beyond me.
That merciful cleaning
of the windows of creation
will be an excellent thing
my interests notwithstanding.

But then again I've never been
near Orion, or the ...

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