Several of CJ Clark’s poems have been published over the past three years (2017-2020) in online journals and a prominent print journal, Harbinger Asylum.


The poet in my head
Jumped off the Town Lake Bridge
An undetermined time ago
When life was so unbearably lean
That the dazzle of a Van Gogh sun
Blinded me as I walked
A mile in a dying friend’s shoes
Remembering how we’d stored
Time in boxes in the attic for later
But later never came.

Poet’s Pipe

Come here to the sea meadow
We are like blades of grass
Unrecognizable in daylight
The barkeep says life’s like that
He pours us purple wine
We turn it into cool blue
Wisdom, speaking low
In puffs of introspection
Like smoke from our poet’s pipes
How we have known of this
Felt and understood to the core
When we shut our eyes to see
Shut our mouths to think.