Clark, Ben 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016
with Kush Thompson
Comfort Station Logan Square


Your absence has taken root
in my body, as an apple tree
might, or a dry creek bed
waiting for rain. Certainly
this rooting is a growing
thing, not a stone, perennial

– Ben Clark, “Your absence has taken root…”

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When I return, the hammer has been placed
again under my pillow, a buck knife
on the bedside table. The same fears
as eight years ago. One friend burns powder
pulls cards, lights candles.

– Ben Clark (with Whitney Seiler), “offerings, protection, or something else entirely”

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