Tom Clark

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

Tom Clark Poems

1. Baseball and Classicism 6/24/2015
2. 40 Days 4/26/2017
3. Blown Away 4/26/2017
4. The Domestic Life of Ghosts 4/26/2017
5. Eternity 4/26/2017
6. "Himself let him unknown contain" 4/26/2017
7. Human Life 4/26/2017
8. Radio 4/26/2017
9. Realism 4/26/2017
10. Sounding Chinese at Inspiration Point 4/26/2017
11. Statue 4/26/2017
12. Terminator Too 4/26/2017
13. Then and Now 4/26/2017
14. Hazard Response 4/26/2017
15. Final Farewell 6/12/2015

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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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